Hot mystery band SAULT makes the "Son Shine"

(December 22, 2020) Not much is known about the members of the group Sault. That’s because the British band appears to be more focused on releasing music than on promoting their projects or themselves through the usual vehicles of publicity such as legacy media or social media. Sault has released each of its albums this way, including the latest Untitled (Rise). According to a glowing review of Untitled (Rise) by The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis, copies of Sault’s previous three projects credited Inflo, the co-writer of Michael Kiwanuka’s Black Man in a White World album.

(December 22, 2020) Not much is known about the members of the group Sault. That’s because the British band appears to be more focused on releasing music than on promoting their projects or themselves through the usual vehicles of publicity such as legacy media or social media. Sault has released each of its albums this way, including the latest Untitled (Rise). According to a glowing review of Untitled (Rise) by The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis, copies of Sault’s previous three projects credited Inflo, the co-writer of Michael Kiwanuka’s Black Man in a White World album.

By way of comparison, some might see similarities to groups such as The Dangerfeel Newbies in some of the tracks on Untitled (Rise). However, “Son Shine,” the cut that will be featured in this First Listen, takes me back to 1980s era gospel. The instrumental production definitely draws from that era, particularly in the keyboard arrangements. Additionally, the vocal arrangement --featuring the harmonies from a choir singing an optimistic song about the power of divine love to allow people to endure and overcome all hardships -- is a message that this is rooted in Christianity, while being non-sectarian and inspirational enough to resonate with those of different (or even no) faith tradition. In that way “Son Shine” can be a song of praise in the church and protest in the street. Check it out here.

By Howard Dukes

Sault - "Son Shine"

 
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