Commander of mod-kind and baring a deflated reputation that came in turn with the stigma surrounding his ‘step too far’ with the experimental bellyflop that was ‘Sonik Kicks’ – a record housing a detrimental overuse of exploratory layers of abstract effects and echoing what hastily evolved in to the growing perception of a musical mid-life crisis; intent to dismiss such perceptions, ‘Saturn’s Pattern’ exhibits precisely that and abolishes concerns of his disputable 2012 mishap with a product of signature mod roots and essential familiarity, albeit occupying a self-confessed ‘progressive’ sound.
With ambiance comfortably nestled beneath snarling wah-doused guitars and distorted vocals, ‘White Sky’ seizes aspects of ‘Modern Classics’, enhancing them with a psyche inspired grit delivered by Manchester producers, Amorphous Androgynous; whilst ‘Going My Way’ dilutes the aura of the precedent set with the debut track; and tracks ‘Long Time’ and ‘In The Air’ feature further elements of former experimentalism with the continued appearance of sci-fi effects, with ‘In The Air’ exhibiting the varied usage of distorted vocals that heavily features throughout ‘Saturn’s Pattern’.
‘Phoenix’ hauntingly illustrates ethereal backing vocals conjoint with subtle layers of light instrumentation, occasional overdriven guitar providing a welcome disparity, provoking an enigmatic sense of mystery and illusion albeit maintaining a distinct familiarity to ‘The Style Council’ and definitively reflecting what Weller indicated the album as, ‘progressive’.
Saturn’s Pattern’s familiarity boasts a triumphant renaissance, romanticism and contemplation, concurrent with a continued use of Weller’s previously attained explorative vision, intertwining notorious qualities of his legacy with The Style Council, The Jam and early solo career, with the newfound ambitious concept uncovered in his latter two albums, ‘22 Dreams’ and ‘Sonik Kicks’; to deliver a record that possesses elements of blues, psychedelia, jazz, profound production value, and perfected balance of reconciliation with his acclaimed sound whilst developing the notion Weller evidently holds faith and enjoyment in, that unquestionably marks ‘Paul Weller’s’ finest piece of work in years.
‘Saturns Pattern’ is out now
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