Paytron Saint wants to dazzle you with their sound. Not because they try to, but because it naturally takes place. As natural as the dusky clouds settling over a picturesque desert. Their unique sound is a language in itself, of thought and wonder. Their latest EP stretches their style to wider spectrums, this is Under Scary Houses.
Whether it be the dissonant ringing of the guitar strings or the softly whispered vocals, there is a lot to hear within each song. Blessed Be the Weight is the opening single, and it is the culmination of stellar songwriting and tailored production. As we reach the chorus, the intensity increases, making for a genuine and brilliant opener. A punk energy is effervescent in Let It Drain. The tempo and tone changes from the opening track, while having a signature sound as a band. As the guitar tone changes, you can feel the distorted pulse shift into the vocals as well. It is all reflective of emotion, cues bound with the lyrics in subversive harmony.
You’ll feel the tempo rise
The One Broken World Interlude gives you something to think about. They are a collection of monologues/reports in various languages, creating a dystopian reflection of a future that might be imminent. It bleeds well into Tommelise, my favourite track of the album. From the swinging riff to the contrasting lyrics and shifts in rhythm-this is the spicy dish that you return to. Paytron Saint bring the energy for the chorus, creating what would be the heart of the album. It shows you what great chemistry can do for a band, an attempt in changing their reach in their versatile dynamics.
We’re in alt-rock territory with their next single, Don’t Want to Know If You Are Lonely. The tempo increases significantly, to create something that will etch itself in your brain. You’ve heard a range of songs from this talented band, but each song surpasses the other by genre. I wouldn’t say I prefer only one, I am in awe of how this is getting executed with such ease.
Closing with Beautiful Repair, Paytron Saint prepare you for thef farewell. With an incredible mellow, rise and mellow arrangement, this album is a film in itself. Singles (1992) directed by Cameron Crowe would be great for an EP like this. Though it doesn’t feature a heavy soundtrack, there are scenes that have incredible potential for bands like Paytron Saint to be pictured, well, in the picture.
Their singles like Treeline and Boats feature some incredible lyrics and well crafted songwriting. You can follow this talented band for more music like this and check out their album in the link above. Remember, versatility like this is hard to find.