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Saturday Looks Good To Me (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Multi-instrumentalist/chief songwriter Fred Thomas is the one constant in the rotating cast that is Saturday Looks Good to Me. The Michigan-based band has released seven Indie Pop albums since 2000, the most recent of which, this year’s One Kiss Ends It All, is replete with Thomas’ trademark melodicism and crafty, stripped-down production techniques. Thomas utilizes four different female singers on the record, and their varied presence amid the sifting moods and sonic approaches yields genuine unpredictability from one song to the next. The sweetly swaying “Negative Space” recalls Belle & Sebastian at its melancholy best, while the Folk-tinged “New City” sounds like Liz Phair before she became a shameless careerist.
YDIID: Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Exile in Guyville-era Liz Phair. (JG)