Saboten

Awake

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Eleven years later, Saboten reformed out of the blue and snuck out this nine-track vocal album on their own label. Whether or not anybody was watching, the CD is a treat. With two of the members married (sporting new surnames in the credits), one member absent, and Satomi's husband on cello, the band sounds fresh and rested, and most importantly, rehearsed (one would hope that in ten years their playing would have matured, and it has). Along with some remakes (Saboten's "Low Chair," several songs from their Itsumoaru EP) there's the opening track "Daily News," with a slightly funky beat, handclaps, and sweet harmonies; "Bicycle" is a pastoral scene of plucked, echoing strings; "Style" features the extended band playing full out. It's a sweet, adventurous album of old friends realizing that they still have the knack. Will we have to wait another decade for another album?

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:29
2
5:05
3
3:57
4
2:25
5
4:54
6
4:24
7
6:10
8
6:39
9
4:05
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