With the departure of Seattle drummer and cofounder Joshua Tillman (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty), Saxon Shore has become more of a collaborative group than ever. Anchored by guitarist Matt Doty, a fluid roster of contributors helped create the latest EP, Luck Will Not Save Us From a Jackpot of Nothing. The album leans heavily toward synthesizers and programming, yet still retains the dark guitar-driven intensity of previous albums. As before, lyrics are absent and unnecessary to telegraph the band’s themes of hope, beauty and despair. Relying less on traditional verse/chorus/verse patterns and more on warm keyboard sounds, Saxon cofounder Doty devised the basic song structures and melodies at his home in upstate New York. He then sent them to Matt Stone (guitars, synths) in Philadelphia and Oliver Chapoy (guitars, programming, keyboards, and sampling) in Washington, D.C. for collaborative input. Additional tracking and production was done with John Hill in New York City. As a nod to the importance of file-sharing in creating this album, the song titles indicate the dates on which Doty started sessions on his computer.
released May 31, 2005
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