Montreal-based retrosynth composer SAINT-SAMUEL is back with Švankmajer, a well-crafted new EP inspired by Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. Your only place to listen to it is here at Vehlinggo — at least until Monday, when it becomes available on the SAINT-SAMUEL Bandcamp page.
As with his previous releases, Carrousel, and Machine Code for Beginners, this new collection is no run-of-the-mill foray into instrumental retrosynthery. The songs are big, organic, and complex, while maintaining a curiously well-curated sense of intimacy and nuance throughout. At times, it’s like Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, and Edgar Froese got together in a Montreal studio to run a series of glorious experiments. The result is downright great.
Anyway, just go ahead and listen. You’ll be very pleased.
For more information on SAINT-SAMUEL, visit his website. He’ll be posting a teaser video and such there soon.