When Saints Go Machine have shared a new single from their forthcoming album ‘So Deep’, called ‘MVL’. The much-anticipated new album is their first record since 2013’s ‘Infinity Pool’ and sees the band build on their skewed future pop melodies and intricate electronics.
Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild (vocals, production), Jonas Kenton (production) and Silas Moldenhawer’s (production) unique brand of digital pop experiments has seen them collaborate with the likes of Killer Mike (Run The Jewels), carved themselves an exciting niche and received critical acclaim worldwide.
The three-piece’s sound was born of a complicated melting pot of musical influences. Crossing dance, post punk, experimental electronica, pop and two-step, the end result resembles a heady mix of modern electronics, European club culture, contemporary rap and a dualism between composed and produced sounds as seen with Oneohtrix Point Never and Arthur Russell although really doesn’t sound like anything else out there.
And with their latest material, the band push that originality to another level. The engaging, extra-terrestrial feel to “So Deep” is another ambitious move from the three-piece and its genesis came about through a collaboration with the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, who reinterpreted material from earlier records for live performances in their home country. That rewarding process inspired further collaborations and the expansive sound of “So Deep” is the result of that continued affinity between two tribes of musicians who, on paper, may seem the antithesis of each other.
The album incorporates club inspired elements, both in sound and arrangement, exploring the process and dialogue between traditional music creation and modern digital creation. The band work tirelessly to create an expansive sample bank of orchestra recordings to put into a digital world, and then pushed and stretched them into something else entirely.
The band manipulated sounds while recording in real time, which then became the sample. Samples were crafted into a score that was given back to orchestra, completing the work. A symphony of synthetic and traditional was the result, sinews between the past and future of music to create something truly unusual.
This playful sense of pushing forward, of a restless desire to do something different and otherworldly is apparent across the record, an alien experiment in sound. This is pop music, celebrating the universal, but cerebral nonetheless – an example of this would be an imitation of speed through the sound of strings playing with the same tonal shift as race cars changing gears.