VA- Southeast of Saturn

VA- Southeast of Saturn

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Label: Third Man

Released 2020

It makes sense that Detroit had a buzzy, thriving space-rock scene in the ‘90s. What American city’s denizens had a more urgent need to disengage and think outside the grim, post-industrial rustbelt realities? With space-rock (and its close sonic cousin shoegaze) being at once expansive and introspective, it naturally appealed to the young, intelligent artists who gravitated toward its vertiginous orbit.  The music of Southeast Of Saturn did not arise organically from metro Detroit’s fertile soil. Locally, garage-rock, goth-rock, neo-hippie groups, and the usual preponderance of adequate bar bands dominated the landscape. Thirsty Forest Animals guitarist Andrew Peters summarizes the prevalent attitude among the Motor City’s space-rock contingent: “I don’t think we really noticed the local Detroit scene earlier on. We were more into the bands you would see in the NME / Melody Maker, zines, and records - mostly from the UK - on the walls at Play It Again”. If anything was a major factor locally, it was Play It Again, the independent record store in the suburbs of Detroit that nurtured the scene with its amazing curation of imports and killer used records picked up on owner Alan Kovan’s British record buying trips. Penned “Detroit Space-Rock”, the scene centered around Burnt Hair Records, Burnt Hair CEO Larry Hoffman’s Life According To Larry radio show, Zoot’s Coffeehouse and bands, such as Windy & Carl, Asha Vida, Füxa, Auburn Lull, and Majesty Crush. It was a modern movement of a more traditional “space-rock” sound, influenced less by The Stooges and MC5 and more by Spacemen 3, Loop, My Bloody Valentine and krautrock bands like Can and Neu!. Even the best-known artists on Southeast Of Saturn - Windy & Carl, Majesty Crush, Füxa - never achieved mainstream success, but within the rock underground, they inspired a cultish devotion that burns to this day.

Track listing:

  1. Majesty Crush- No. 1 Fan
  2. Spectacle- She Doesn't Believe
  3. Thirsty Forest Animals- Nape
  4. Füxa- Photon
  5. The Delta Waves- Andromeda Drone
  6. Windy & Carl- Instrumental #2
  7. Asha Vida- Eskimo Summer
  8. Ten Second Dynasty- Continuum
  9. Children's Ice Cream- By The Hand of God
  10. Miss Bliss- Grey
  11. Astrobite- Crasher
  12. Naming Mary- Stardriver
  13. Glider- Shift
  14. Space Monkeys- Serenity
  15. Jazzless- Something Warm About The Rain
  16. lovesliescrushing- youreyesimmaculate
  17. Calliope- Laughing at Roadsigns
  18. Auburn Lull- June-Tide
  19. Thumbling- Butterfield Eight