by Patrick Pilch (@pratprilch)
Philadelphia’s Dead Definition is home to some of the city’s best kept secrets. Their roster is filled with ruminating songwriters, each possessing a knack for spinning tunes capable of reverberating far beyond the boundaries of bedroom walls or an old West Philly basement. Sadurn, the solo folk pop project of Genevieve DeGroot, is one of the fledgling label’s most exciting acts. Today we’re thrilled to premiere “Clementine” from their stellar upcoming EP Gleam. The opening track is excellent, quintessential bedroom folk. A lone acoustic, single-tracked vocals and a healthy helping of melancholic introspection find the singer songwriter channeling both the wavering croons of Dolores O’Riordan and soft sung allure of Elliot Smith. The lo-fi approach of “Clementine” captures a specific intimacy, creating an atmosphere that’s become a signature style DeGroot continues to excel in and improve upon. With the help of Jon Cox on guitar and baritone ukulele, Sadurn continue to whip up sweet, meditative pop ditties that serve a reflective purpose. With their fourth EP, Gleam hones in on the now and what it means to be present; each track composed to confront and cope with everyday obstacles, both big and small.
Gleam is out March 8 via Dead Definition.