Featuring production from the likes of Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids) and Tim Pagnotta (Walk The Moon) – as well as from frontman A/J Jackson, in and around the band's own studio in downtown L.A. – Saintmotelevision builds off 2014's My Type EP with a sound even more expansive and artfully genre-blurring. And with its effervescent melodies and shapeshifting grooves, the album emerges as a beautifully alchemized piece of alt-pop, every bit the "channel-surfing odyssey" its namesake was meant to be.
Lead single "Move" serves as Saintmotelevision's opening track, a psych-rock-tinged dancefloor anthem with a chorus as catchy as they come. Throughout Saintmotelevision, the band transforms their infinite inspirations into songs that radiate an electric, unabashed joy. On "Getaway," for instance, Saint Motel shape their fascination with Donna Summers' "I Feel Love" into a shimmering, intensely charged pop number powered by massive piano riffs. With "Destroyer," the band echoes the seductive danger in the song's lyrics by bringing in some fantastically trashed-up horns a la Exile on Main St. – era Rolling Stones. Meanwhile, on "Sweet Talk," Saint Motel channel Iggy Pop-inspired swagger into a stomp-and-clap-driven heavy-hitter destined for sing-along status.
Just as inventive in its lyrical element, Saintmotelevision brilliantly twists together melancholy and levity in songs like "Local Long Distance Relationship (LA2NY)." One of Saintmotelevision's starkest moments, "Born Again" calls on an L.A.-based gospel choir to help convey the track's enigmatic message. And on "For Elise," Saint Motel play on the mystery of Beethoven's immortal beloved by paying rhapsodic tribute to the legendary muses behind songs like the Kinks' "Lola" and Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side."