Saturniids capture the poetic pain of mortality with their new ’90s-inspired single Springtime — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The lead single from the Boston band’s recent debut album Duplicate Tapes, Springtime displays their understanding of life’s fragility with unyielding conviction; the jangly ode to lost loved ones is beautifully packaged in an enrapturing blend of alt-rock, horns and strings that tug gently on the listener’s emotions.
“To grow old is to live with ever-increasing sorrow and all of the things you should have said to the ones who’ve left too soon,” the band say.
The single is a concentrated effort executed with precision by the quintet of Adam Cissell (vocals, guitar), Mary Lee Desmond (vocals, keyboards), Marc Valois (guitar), Mike Blasi (bass) and Corey Dobson (drums, percussion). Additional performers on the single include Nate Karahalis (trombone), Chris Arnold (trumpet), Rick White (alto sax), Marco Lawrence (harp), Jeremy Harman (cello) and Mei Ohara (violin).
While unquestionably unique in its own right, the single — like the band’s sound in general — draws from ’90s alt-rock stalwarts such as Smashing Pumpkins, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., The Dandy Warhols and Autolux. Duplicate Tapes was recorded by Adam Cissell and Marc Valois at the band’s own studio, Dead Moon Audio in Somerville, Mass.