“Meticulously produced and hauntingly beautiful, the pair have expanded upon their sound resulting in fifty minutes of ethereal bliss.” – AusMusicScene
“Dark, twisted and beautiful.” – triple j, Nat Tencic
“The warpy, electronic soundscape radiates both warm and desolate colours, assembling a sonic palette of semi-human, post apocalyptic ambiences.” – Purple Sneakers
SAATSUMA is the Melbourne-based collaborative project of producers and composers Memphis LK and Cesar Rodrigues. A fateful yet lowkey writing session with Joel Ma (TZU/Joelistics) led to the act being founded, and SAATSUMA rapidly shot to forefront of the ever growing local live electronic music scene with their highly immersive and unmissable shows. SAATSUMA’s sound is a clean and perfectly melancholy electro pop offering that works with the concept of less is more, an aperture shared by phonetically similar artists Wet, Made in Heights and The Japanese House.
Reception to their passion is very high for such a new project, with previous track Crescent premiered via Red Bull, their album premiering on The 405 and airplay for three singles on national radio tastemakers triple j.The group take a lot of pride in bridging the gap between production and live performance as well, appearing on line ups for Paradise, The Hills Are Alive, St. Kilda Festival and many more.
The duo bring attention to the titular track of the new album Overflow with a video offering that encapsulates the mood of the music. Musically it deals with dark themes of losing control, and it’s easy to get swept away into the music – giving time for a haunting yet pensive moment for the listener. Visually it deals with the same premise but adds the extra dimension of youthful freedom that compliments the musically perfectly – the video giving subtext to the music, and vice versa.
In just a six minute video, you get an entire narrative of an alternative drama – two girls experiencing freedoms of youth, whilst dealing with complex notions of isolation. Similarly to the music, water is used as a visual metaphor for challenges in life and love with drowning as the concept of being overwhelmed by them. The video sweeps you under with the pair in dark and watery isolated scenes, telling the relatable story a relationship coming to an end. You are brought up for air with bright scenes of carefree happiness of the past and concludes with a crescendo of emotion.
Speaking on the motivations to the song Memphis states “[Overflow] Explores the sense of losing control, like you’re drowning and unable to see a way out. The notion that often things can seem so unbelievably out of your control and impossible to manage, so our ultimate instinct in dealing with this is to retract and withdraw. A similar theme to isolate, in the sense that our reaction to and difficult situations causes us to close off as a defence mechanism, and we’re all too afraid to face up to our fears and deal with our problems. Our lives become empty and meaningless, but we feel safe this way.”