Shoegaze, according to Wikipedia, is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, lasting until the end of the mid 1990s, peaking circa 1990 to 1991, but no one seemed to explain those kill dates to Pacific Northwest dream makers Saturna. On their debut offering Some Delicious Enemy, a cavalcade of knurly guitars and curvilinear racket, Saturna spills face splat into that lucid vat of free falling fantasy where My Bloody Valentine, Dandy Warhols, Smashing Pumpkins gather to terrorize pulverize demonize their scorching instruments with a distorted recalescence while partaking in an abundant supper of mellow narcotics.
“Pop Rocks” is a concise, sleek and sleazy package, which appears to be the record’s greatest commercial contender and therefore least attractive to my ornery ears. Catchy calamity aside, I admired and felt strangely aroused by the “gazey” sounds which sauntered out of my friable speakers, creating an untarnished pane of pellucidity. The auto-erotic throat strangler “Roll Down” along with “Blanket Of Stars” and “Much More” are robust with elongated guitars that stretch like rubber, bouncing around the stars of the galaxy like a friendly game of delusional Plinko.
With breezy vocals wafting in a grand ballroom of bubbles blown from the mouth of a schoolboy sitting alone at a Sadie Hawkins dance, the elegant composure of “Leader Of The Western Stars” makes it a delicate champion amongst this lot of atmospheric thwack!
The sound waves that Saturna have configured on the glimmering vixen Some Delicious Enemy, ripple with brassy electronics and spacious rock that fits the Shoegaze like a Cinderalla slipper.