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Seven Saturdays

Seven Saturdays

(Self-released; US: 26 Jan 2010; UK: Import)

Under the guise of Seven Saturdays, Los Angeles musician/composer/songwriter Jonathan D. Haskell showcases his stunning arrangement skills across five sublime passages on his one-man outfit’s debut EP. Word has it that Haskell dreamt up these compositions whilst imbibing on scotch and strolling down a cobblestone street in Edinburgh, Scotland. But the location of inspiration appears to bear no fruit upon the actual sonic outcome of these five tracks, which come across as a perfect LA blend of Angelo Badalamenti-styled Mulholland Drive cool and the experimental quirk of Jon Brion’s orchestral score work, conjured up with the help of a gang of prolific musicians whose collective resume includes tenures with the likes of David Bowie, M83, Verbena, Smashing Pumpkins, and the Pretenders, among others. If David Lynch is looking for a new collaborator to soundtrack his next film, somebody should text him the contact info of Jonathan D. Haskell.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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