Saturnia - The Glitter Odd (IMPORT) (CD)
Catalog number: elektrohasch 132
New Zealand's Saturnia creates psychedelia for the new millennium on The Glitter Odd. Since the band consists of only two people, Francisco Rebelo (keyboardist, bassist, programmer) and Luis Simoes (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist), it makes plenty of use of electronic rhythms and ambiance. Saturnia takes the repetition inherent in both psych and ambient techno and runs with it, but the duo utilizes so much instrumentation that requires human manipulation (including guitars, sitar, lap steel, exotic percussion, theremin and even a gong) that it's impossible to become bored. Sampled flutes, nature sounds and drum loops nestle up to spaced-out steel licks, Moog synth riffs and Simoes' breezy vocals, which are buried in the mix as just another texture.