Wreck at Pillar Point

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Wreck at Pillar Point is the first of several indie-pop gems from Saturnine -- on this record, they piece together a lovely, incredibly pretty indie-pop sound that invites vague comparisons to Galaxie 500 and dreampop in general, but seems far too simplistic and unassuming for these references to be very important. The album skirts convention the same way future releases like Flags... would, occasionally verging on straightforward pop -- but Saturnine has a knack for always falling on the better side of pop, with a lazy indie guitar sensibility and an ear for languid, gorgeous melodies keeping things remarkably great. It wouldn't quite be appropriate to call Saturnine brilliant, given their straightforward pleasantry and simplitic charm -- but Wreck at Pillar Point and its followups are about as great as records like these can get.

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