For fans of: Dr. Dog, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lord Huron, Decemberists, Typhoon

Indie-folk band Saintseneca is the project of Columbus, Ohio singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little along with Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek and Jon Maedor. For the most part, Little’s voice reminds me of Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken but at times he reminds me of Jeff Mangum.  Saintseneca bring a unique sound with some creative use of instruments.  On April 1st, they released Dark Arc on Anti Records.

Dark Arc is a fantastic indie folk album that hooked me from the first notes of the first song, “Blood Bath” which starts out exclusively with Little until it fades out into some noise and comes back with a huge sound.  “Happy Alone” was the first single off of Dark Arc,and it’s more indie than folk.  “Fed Up With Hunger” is a great acoustic track featuring Maryn Jones on lead vocals instead of Zac Little, and it’s a great change of pace. “Falling Off” starts out very Arcade Fire-esque, but turns into a song that helps them earn that Neutral Milk Hotel comparison I threw out before, with surreal lyrics, eccentric instrumentation and Little’s sometimes nasal voice.  There are some really strange yet cool moments on the album, the lead-in to “Visions” comes to mind, it starts out with Little and Jones singing together then goes almost into space before “Visions” kicks in.  The title track “Dark Arc” builds until the end until it kicks into another gear with some distorted bass and slide guitar before ending abruptly.  The album ends with “We Are All Beads On The Same String” which features just Little singing over bass, it’s a strong finish to a very unique album.

Twitter: @saintseneca


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