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Back in the ‘50s and early ‘60s, ballrooms and dance halls were in vogue. One of the popular features during dance nights was the so-called ‘ladies’ choice’, when the girls would pick their dancing partners. It was usually a very slow lovers tune. The girls could then show who is their actual pick.
San Francisco husband and wife duo The Saxophones (Alexi Erenkov, Alison Alderdice) probably do not remember these days but they certainly know the music. It could be the old scratched records or a healthy dose of David Lynch movies, as Lynch and his soundtrack writer Angelo Badalamenti certainly favour this sound. In any case, their second album Eternity Bay sounds like an all-night ‘ladies’ choice’.
And what a great ladies’ choice it is! Both Erenkov and Alderdice have voices perfectly suited for the sound, a combination of latter-day Sinatra, exotica, and a surf guitar twang, all garnered with Erenkov’s great woodwinds. No wander, Erenkov was a former jazz student.
Whether it is “New Taboo”, “Forgot My Mantra” or “Anymore”, The Saxophones create a sound that is slow as molasses, but has an almost perfect ebb and flow that can keep those slow dances in any shape and form going all night long. No wonder they are releasing this one on Valentine’s Day.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: THE SAXOPHONES – ETERNITY BAY