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Step into the Cyborg Pop Universe of SAAJTAK “Big Exit”

When I’m listening to the new Saajtak single “Big Exit,” some of my favorite 80s/90s vocalists come to mind; almost like a duet between Björk and Elizabeth Fraser, but there’s also something wholly unexpected about Saajtak’s sound. The way they layer in experimental electronics with art rock and avant-garde percussion creates an almost cyborg pop vibe and I’m into it. It makes me think about how our relationships are so intertwined and interfaced by technology, so much so that our devices have taken away our knowledge of physically present communication. Their debut album, For the Makers, is out June 3rd via American Dreams — pick it up here. Right now, we’re happy to be sharing their new video for “Big Exit” below!

I like to imagine how personas might converse in worlds with varying levels of familiarity and skewness. What we receive are relationships that flow between splintery and harmonious, and that contain both ecstasy and affliction. There’s a big thrill in all this, when nothing can be apathetic.

– Alex Koi, vocalist

Music Video by Luke Fitch and Dorothy Melander-Dayton

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Photo: Karl Otto

Luck, is it enough to bleed?
I honored my side of the bargain.
Chance, remember to burn the letter after reading, no return to sender.
I borrowed something that I shouldn’t have had until tomorrow.
I’m begging your pardon.
Honor, if I were the laughing one in pearls and had switched sides,
Would that omit the omen?

Milkmaid, brow sweat, dog of the summer
The devil asked me to bubble the cauldron
You can take your own car, drive it to the party.
Dance disco in factories far away.

Big Exit.

Salt, lots of it in boiling water.
Send you swimming in deep-end salinations.
[You were never a fair fight for my mark, I’m wearing my yellow trainers with the red-laced laces.]
Luck [The lovely boy]
cast a spell poof
My god whatcha done? Farmboy’s all chewed up.
Luck, is it enough to bleed?
I honored you as my partner.
Luck, couldn’t you direct traffic far away from this
And omit the omen?

Big Exit.

A big ball gown, the chiffon is starting
To carry a weight that I never saw coming.
You can take your own car, drive it to the party
Dance disco in
Damn disco in
Dance disco in
Factories far away.
You can take your own car, drive it to the party
Dance disco in
Damn disco
[my god, what have you done?]
In factories far away
In factories far away.

Is it enough? Do you remember?

Written By

Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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