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On the song "Coming Together", Satsang has a distinct style in both the sound of this song and the lyrics in which the mood is also set. There are a number of variations of songs out there about the idea of coming together, most named "Come Together", and the fact that this not only isn't another cover of that particular song but feels like it's created this genre to distance itself from comparisons as well just feels so important.
Through the sounds of folk and rock music, Satsang creates a sound which might sound a lot like The Wallflowers, for example, on the surface but there are layers to this and it just also feels like it takes on deeper references- such as Eagle Eye Cherry- in the way that it can be pop and the chorus can be catchy. There are obviously good places to start with thinking about this song in relation to other artists, but eventually you will only be able to hear Satsang.
The lyrics in the chorus come out with the hook: "All coming together but I'm falling apart". This song, lyrically, feels very down to earth in the sense that most people who hear it should be able to relate with it in some way as it's about some specific but also leaves it open to interpretation for the listener. There are many events in your life which can make you feel like it's all coming together and so this song would apply there.
Though the way it also begins to all fall apart just makes me think of how life is like that a lot of the time. It's somewhat of what I like to think of as this Bojack Horseman take on life where once you feel like things are getting worked out, life throws you a curveball. In 2019, my grandfather died and I thought I was going to live my life fuller and then the pandemic hit. The way that this song normalizes that though just provides me with comfort all listeners should experience.
This cassette begins slowly, as if the sound of a locomotive with these little clicks in it. As it picks up, you can hear these Hendrix-like guitars which become this full on force to be reckoned with as it feels like the train is just blasting past us. It is the sound of the eternal pinball machine and then some sharp crystals can be heard behind the buzzing of the electric guitar. Echoing synth sounds bring about a faster pace now and it sounds as if bombs are being dropped during this song, leaving distortion in their wake.
There is this distortion for sure and then these notes which go up and down before it all just seems to get a bit chaotic. As far as music goes, this is instrumental and experimental but along the lines of rock because you can hear the guitar. However, outside of the music genre itself this sound has just created a dance- something back and forth which can be heard by the listener but also which exists within the song itself. At times it also just feels as if this sound is creating a storm.
Acoustic strums feel more tropical now, such as you would hear on an island, but there is also percussion back there. Everything is beginning to feel as if it is shifting to percussion only and at the same time it is starting to feel hypnotic. The guitar riff becomes this nice little groove and it vibes with the drumming. Guitar chords also create the starts and stops now, as it feels like this has not gone completely off the rails yet but is certainly headed there. It feels as if the strings are breaking and for the first time you can hear someone speaking.
Through questions of how are you the guitar chords start and stop now. It feels like a one-sided conversation is being had (in the sense that we can only hear one side of it) as the music continues with the guitar and percussion. This all ends with the reveal that someone's sister's cat has leukemia. It all slows down and quiets there for a bit, but then comes back with the guitar chords, a flurry of percussion and singing without words. After a few more words, it comes to an end and certainly felt like a much needed burst of energy.
The music of Touchhole comes out fast and loud. There is this certain level of electronics within the sound, but it also has this industrial vibe as well. It reminds me of something from the early 2000's or around that time when industrial became more experimental. Somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and Deathdealer, this has elements of Frank Goshit and Dana Fowler And The within it as well.
There is screaming, distortion and it is fast paced. You can really hear the guitars on the last song. Sometimes, the vocals are there but they are not words. Most of these songs are fairly short as well and with that this collection which becomes to demo repeats more than once on this cassette. In that way, these songs start to become hypnotic because if you're listening to this cassette you might wonder whether you've heard this riff before or if it's just because it's the fourth time you've heard this song.