January 02, 2020

Them Jones: The Saturn Cinema

Philadelphia neo-psych band Them Jones made another journey through the past and came back with the songs for their new album The Saturn Cinema. Their dreamy, imaginative lyrics paint pictures of another era or even another world, a place where Syd Barrett did not become an acid casualty. They are an American band that find itself in the wrong era and the wrong country. They would have been big in the UK in the late Sixties and early Seventies.

Jacco Gardner fans will appreciate the rhythm in the easy going Not in this Land. The orchestral To the Shoreline Crawling is a heartfelt revisit to their youth when they could drop everything and traverse the globe to find new insights. The production values of Nick Drake's second album Bryter Layter shimmer through The Doctor: "Are you born of skin too thin, too few? // Do you waste your days in servitude? // As if you ever got to choose // Well, the doctor can help you // he lights the dark he sees // he'll lift you up with a bit of speed // bring you down to help you sleep // but you might grind your teeth // Away // Away // that's all he will say".

The Saturn Cinema shows movies from yesteryear, whose content has aged well. With tracks like the Pink Floyd-ian sax-driven Bloodline Blues and the unashamedly trippy vocals in Amy they cater to hippies and dreamers of all ages.

Them Jones:
Dan Leyden: drums
Jim Leyden: bass, vocals, production
Dan Matrone: guitar
Matthew Rowland: guitar
Frank Tobin: rhythm guitar, vocals

The Saturn Cinema is a self-released album. Buy it from their website.

Tracks:
  1. Four Quarters of the Sky
  2. Parts and Pieces
  3. Not in this Land
  4. The Woman is a Poor Child
  5. Worse for Wear
  6. Like a Solitary Man
  7. To the Shoreline Crawling
  8. Retrograde
  9. The Doctor
  10. Seven To
  11. Bloodline Blues
  12. Amy
  13. A Timber Moan
  14. Saturn's Return

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