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A Music Review: saintmotelevision by Saint Motel

11.02.16


Tim Raimy


On October 21, Saint Motel released their second album, saintmotelevision. Their previous releases include ForPlay – EP released in 2009, Voyeur, (2012), and the My Type – EP (2014). Saint Motel has never been a band to shy away from saying what they feel and exactly how they mean to say it. They aren’t a political band, but the way their lyrics talk of life and love has always been fun and sometimes quite amusing; they didn’t lose that distinguishing feature with this album.


The opening track, “Move” opens with rhythmic clapping – which is appropriate in my opinion because this album deserves applause – the rest of the song is fun and groovy. The lyrics speak in third person of a man devoted to a woman who he isn’t even in a relationship with and longing to be with her. The only solution to winning her over is to move; he can’t keep sitting around wondering how to get her to notice him, he just has to make himself noticeable. Other love tracks on the album include: “Getaway”, a song about two people running away together to get away from anyone or anything that could keep them apart, “Slow Motion”, when a man is so stunned by the woman he loves that his world turns to slow motion when she is near, and “Sweet Talk”, a song for the ever-hopeful; you don’t care what the person you have feelings for says or feels about you, just the fact that they do is good enough.


A track with a little less love in it is “Destroyer”. In this one, a man is trying to get over the woman he was with, but he’s haunted by her presence even though she isn’t there. It’s very fun instrumentally. The saxophone supplies the song with its energy, equipped with a fantastic solo that I’d love to hear played live. Following that is the soulful, easy-listening “Born Again,” a playful take on what appears to be the singer’s conversion to” born again” Christianity. “You Can Be You” has a different attitude as opposed to “Born Again” being very accepting of any flaws in human nature: “You can be right, you can be wrong / you can be anything you want / you can be you / but you’ll always be mine”.


A song that will make you want to snap along to the beat is “For Elise” with lyrics that are characteristic of Saint Motel’s say it how you feel it style, “When it’s tough, when you’re stuck / you’ve hit the wall of the writer’s block / you need a spark, light in the dark to get you out of your head and into your heart” and goes on to give commentary on the idea that there are plenty of women who have had songs written about them but this one in particular is for Elise. Another song with lyrics that are used to explain explicitly how a person feels is “Local Long Distance Relationship (LA2NY)”, the story of two people in a struggling relationship that even when they’re together there is no connection which makes it feel like one person is in Los Angeles and the other is in New York City.


The final track on the album, “Happy Accidents” is instrumentally different from the rest of the album, in that it is the only acoustic track and lacks that feeling that makes you want to dance. Lyrically the song is very sweet, “If I never laid on eyes on you would I feel like something’s missing? / If you never laid eyes on me would you know something’s gone? / I don’t think we’ll ever know / let’s just live in the afterglow. / What if we never met? / You love me / you just don’t know it yet / Everything is just a happy accident.” Overall I really enjoy the album and would recommend it and Saint Motel’s other work to anybody in search of some fun music.