How does one face the morning after a night of spiral downs? Portuguese guitarist/composer JCCG (AKA Mediafired, The Exhalers, and Sofa Pits) has a guess. He dances ‘tween every day brutality and ideals of beauty on a brand new song from an album called Lancil. His track “I Like it Here (With You)” is like the sound of the struggle for redemption after seriously fucking up. Admitting mistakes is not an easy thing to do, but the angular wobble of his lead guitar gives the listener permission to say, “Yes, I love ya baby… sorry I can’t buy ya pretty things.”
JCCG’s tune is propelled by a strutting Travolta electro-beat and washes of atonal color/sound, but the main attraction is the lead instrument, the guitar. Simply put, “I Like it Here (With You)” is basically a two and a half minute feature for free ranging note runs and wandering fret action. The electricity in the recording room must have been hot that day because this is some slick improvising (if it is indeed improv, but it could be composed?). The short length of the piece cries out for more exploration. Fans will just have to seek out the full-length tape to find out if romance is forever, but judging from the tone of JCCG’s axe, life is hard.
Written by Jeff Daily
Hailing from Porto, Portugal, Saitam is a one-man bedroom pop project, but based on the breadth and scope of his recently released debut EP, West-East, you’d never know it. With “Encounters,” Saitam surfaces the pan-global mentally that the EP’s title suggests, building layers of melody from an array of sampled instrumentation and a heartfelt voice that sounds like it was captured from some faded but familiar piece of gothic pop. The artist himself describes his approach as “using instruments engraved to some genres and pulling them out of their ‘comfort zone,’” an ethos that could fall into pastiche or excess, but never does. Instead, “Encounters” is deeply felt pop that’s delightfully difficult to place.
Listen to West-East in its entirety on Soundcloud
Written by Nathan Reese