Low Saturation is an electronic alternative rock band from St. Petersburg, Russia. The band consists of Dmitry Promohov (Composer, Lyrics) and Sergei Ustinov (Vocals). The project has recently released its double sided single entitled “Dust” which is backed by the instrumental “Gray Shaded Days”. Low Saturation is a complex but not too complicated group, who make superb music. Their songs are filled with well-crafted and sublime artistry that is never pretentiousness.
Low Saturation’s alternative-rock is more than just loud noises and forging emotional bonds as quickly and cheap as possible. The single “Dust” proves that Dmitry Promohov understands how to build up a song, to create a shared sense of vulnerability and wind it up slowly with a spiraling lead synth that sparkles as it ascends together with Sergei Ustinov’s vocal mantras.
There are moments on the track where the shine is as powerful and bright as the underlying substance. And all the while Low Saturation keeps grounded by focusing on the lyrics, which offer both depth and meaning.
For all its initial bombast, the band never forgoes subtlety and value by delivering a comically over-sized metal march with guitars swinging like battle axes, and a farcical load of synthesized testosterone, like many of their alternative counterparts.
Instead Low Saturation is bold and adventurous, without sounding experimental and by the same measure reaches absolute peaks in their musical execution. While my exposure to Low Saturation is only a few days old, they have quickly climbed to towards the top of my list of favorite artists.
“Dust” is a solid mid-tempo track, with a great arrangement and impressive chord progressions, garnered with surreal synths and strings. The gorgeously deep and resonating vocals fit the soundscape like a comfortable pair of shoes.
The result is a musically strikingly track that invokes many emotional responses and that fans will be able to understand in its entirety. And though the song has a good commercial rock sensibility, it doesn’t attempt to sellout to the cause. Technically the recordings is fantastic, the audio quality incredible, and the engineering is equally good.
The ‘B-side’ track “Gray Shaded Days” is a melodic and atmospheric instrumental driven by a slow and thick rolling bassline, carefully chosen twinkling piano notes, and a soaring guitar melody. Low Saturation obviously set a high goal for themselves musically with the release of “Dust” and have successfully risen to the challenge!
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