Saloon - Bicycle Thieves

Artist: Saloon

Song: Bicycle Thieves

Album: (This Is) What We Call Progress (2002)

A pretty song from the debut album by a Reading, England five piece pop band.

There's substance beyond the cheery melodies in their world, though. "Bicycle Thieves" is a slice of fragile introspection drifting through the intricate pulse of the bass and guitar (Pitchfork).

Their music is the traditional sound of guitars, strings and softly sung vocals meeting electronic beeps and whistles of Moogs, stylophones and Theremins head on. “(This Is) What We Call Progress” is record of profound beauty sounding akin to early Stereolab, very early early New Order and Mahogany. It was recorded in Leeds and mixed by Andrew Mahogany in New York at Andrew’s Simultaneous Workshop.

Unfortunately I can't really make out any of the lyrics.





"A seductively breezy guitar lead pop gem of sorts and one of those once in a while feel good records that trips into your life.” – Losing Today.

"Saloon continue to get better. Their Snow is a bewitching pop fantasy of dreamy vocals and keyboards kept in place by a darkly romantic Krautrock riff" – NME.

"A blinder… 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.

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