Pillar of Na Saintseneca

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Label: Anti/Epitaph

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Indie Rock

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  • 1Circle Hymn00:47
  • 2Feverer03:38
  • 3Beast in the Garden03:24
  • 4Ladder to the Sun03:16
  • 5Good Hand04:14
  • 6Moon Barks at the Dog03:16
  • 7Denarius02:01
  • 8Timshel03:23
  • 9Frostbiter04:13
  • 10Pillar of Na08:42
  • Total Runtime36:54

Info for Pillar of Na

Weirdfolkiges Album über Erinnerungen, produziert von Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). Saintseneca ist eine US-amerikanische Folk-Rock-Gruppe aus Columbus, Ohio. Sie wurde 2007 vom Singer/Songwriter Zac Little gegründet, als dieser noch ein Teenager war. Little beherrscht eine Menge Instrumente wie Banjo, Balalaika oder Mandoline. Doch auch die anderen Bandmitglieder sind wahre Multiinstrumentalisten, was für einen wunderbar vielfältigen Sound sorgt. "Pillar Of Na" ist nach "Such Things" das vierte Album von Saintseneca.

Zac Little, vocals, guitar, 12 string, baritone, mandola, bouzouki, synth, bells
Jon Meador, synths, vocals, piano, mellotron, keyboards, guitar
Matthew O'Conke, drums, aux percussion, vocals
Steve Ciolek, guitar, vocals, 8 string bass, hammered dulcimer, marxophone
Caeleigh Featherstone, bass, vocals, hammered dulcimer
Mike Mogis, synth, guitar
Maryn Jones, vocals
Susanna Gilmore, violin
Elizabeth Furuta, violin
Brian Sherwood, viola
Paul Ledwon, cello
Megan Siebe, cello, violin
Carlyn Hendler, flute, piccolo flute
Miwi La Lupa, bass trumpet
Leticia Wiggins, flute

Saintseneca's Zac Little has been thinking a lot about memory. Not necessarily his memories, though they creep in often, too. Rather, he mulls over the idea of memory itself: its resilience, its haziness, how it slips away as we try to hang on, the way it resurfaces despite our best efforts to forget.

Memory is the common thread running throughout the Columbus folk-punk band's fourth album, Pillar of Na, arriving in August 31st via ANTI- Records. Following 2015's critically lauded Such Things, the new album's name is rooted in remembrance, referencing the Genesis story of Lot's wife who looks back at a burning Sodom after God instructs her not to. She looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt. "Na," meanwhile, is the chemical symbol for sodium. "Nah" is a passive refusal and the universal song word. It means nothing and stands for nothing. It is "as it is."

Like Lot's wife, Little cannot help but revisit where-and how-he grew up. Raised in church in southeastern Appalachian Ohio, he took up preaching when he was still a teenager, sometimes in small country settings and other times to congregations of thousands. But these days he's more interested in listening. And questioning.

Musically, Pillar of Na is Saintseneca's most ambitious album to date, with Little aiming to incorporate genre elements he'd rarely heard in folk. "I wanted to use the idiom of folk-rock, or whatever you want to call it, and to try to do something that had never been done before," Little explains. "To reach way back, echoing ancient folk melodies, tie that into punk rock, and then push it into the future. I told Mike Mogis I wanted Violent Femmes meets the new Blade Runner soundtrack. I'm looking for the intersection between Kendrick Lamar and The Fairport Convention."

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