Release date: 6/4/2003
Genre: Indiepop, Shoegaze
1. Vesuvius, 2. Absence, 3. Que Quieres?, 4. Happy Robots, 5. Kaspian, 6. Dreams Mean Nothing, 7. The Good Life, 8. Intimacy, 9. The Sound of Thinking, 10. I Could Have Loved a Tyrant
The single “Girls Are The New Boys” from Saloon’s debut was voted #1 on John Peel’s 2002 Festive 50. After the success of their 2002 debut, (This is) What We Call Progress (Darla), Saloon brought the eagerly awaited follow up, If We Meet In The Future, recorded and produced by the band in their own studio, Bellasonic Sounds. Saloon blend folk-rock, kraut-rock and electronica, with vocals in French, Spanish and English. The sound of Saloon is that of electronic and acoustic, the future and the past. Tracks like "Kaspian" and "Dreams Mean Nothing" show a more fragile side to the band and add to the diversity of the record when placed along side the more immediate pop soundscapes of "The Good Life" and "Absence". Where the long atmospheric numbers on the debut album created a dream-like world; "If we meet in the future," with its shorter songs and edgier production, is more direct, reflecting upon the urgency of the changing world in which It was made.
2002 was an incredible year for Saloon. As well as the release of the critically acclaimed debut LP, the band played live at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios for the John Peel Show and the track "Girls Are The New Boys" was voted #1 by Peel's listeners in the annual Festive 50 poll - beating the likes of The White Stripes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Belle & Sebastian, The Datsuns and Cinerama.
From the spiritual home of shoegazing, Reading, SALOON have been together since 1998. The band have toured the UK extensively playing gigs in the UK, Spain, France and Holland. The band has played with the likes of Laika, Stereolab, Múm, Movietone, Quickspace, Herman Dune, Dressy Bessy and many more. They've played at dance-all nighters sandwiched between drum and bass DJs, they've played a Paris fashion show and recent gigs, at boiling point, have seen stage invaders assaulted with analogue synthesizers. The band also composed and performed a soundtrack to Chris Marker's seminal sci-fi movie, the claustrophobic 'La Jetee' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.
"Throbbing guitar riffs, menacing violins via John Cale and stabbing moog symphonies build up to a captivating unit that takes a delicious hold of your senses." – NME
"Stunning" - Sunday Times (Top 10 LPs of 2002)
"Saloon weave delicately beautiful, dreamily melancholic songs with a wonderfully lazy grace." - Get Rhythm magazine
"Something of a gem." - Sunday Express
"The soundtrack to a post-rock Super-8 remake of Midnight Cowboy." - Careless Talk Costs Lives Magazine
"LP of the Month" - Leeds Guide, City Lights (Nottingham), North Guide.
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