01. Cowboy Song
03. Hold on Dear Brother
04. Make This Deliver
05. His Room
06. Begging Song
07. Vary in Case
08. Ride Away Vaquero
09. Silent Night
10. So Long Throngs
11. I Love…
12. Hell Rules
13. Today I Started Loving Her Again
David Tholfsen – bass, guitar, vocals
Margaret Murray – guitar, vocals
Brian Hageman – guitar
File under unexplained phenomena. (Ira Robbins, Trouser Press)
U.S. Saucer is one of rock’s more intriguing bands. They possess some of the most atmospheric music of today, and in a completely different way then, say, Bauhaus’s atmospheric experiments of the early ’80s. Whereas Bauhaus created an incredible aura with electronic noise, U.S. Saucer has its roots planted deeply in classic sounds, and manage to project a big sound even though they are just a trio.
Sparse rock that sounds like it will doze off at any moment; welcome to the musical world of U.S. Saucer. The sophomore effort from this San Francisco band is similar to its predecessor (1992’s Company Is My Misery), since drums are not present. Because of this, the songs are left with plenty of open space, with room for the group to indulge in flowing basslines, country-influenced vocals, and clean guitar lines similar to the Velvet Underground. The opening « Cowboy Song » (no relation to Thin Lizzy’s same-titled song) contains vocal line trade-offs from guitarist Margaret Murray and bassist David Tholfsen. Murray’s vocal style is similar at times to Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, while Tholfsen sports a commanding country voice in a deep register. The music to « Hold On Dear Brother » sounds like the classic country-tinged rock of yesterday (Crazy Horse, etc.), while the group add their unique touch to the Christmas standard « Silent Night. » If the extreme country-punk sounds of the early Meat Puppets are a tad too visceral for your tastes, U.S. Saucer’s Tender Places Come from Nothing is the album for you. (Greg Prato, All Music Guide)
FR Les mots ont un sens, les employer à tort et à travers c’est leur manquer de respect et les dénaturer. Tout ça pour dire que je me méfie des superlatifs et que je n’aime pas trop les utiliser. Mais là pas d’autre solution: une voix pas possible qui en déroutera probablement certains, une absence de batterie qui ouvre des espaces inouïs, ce disque est exceptionnel, d’une beauté terrassante.
ENG Superlatives are something I’m reluctant to use, but this time there’s no other choice: this music is sublime. I hope you’ll enjoy this album as much as I do (and if you don’t, I hope at least you’ll find something else interesting on these pages…).
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