Sanya the Red is a duo hailing from Michigan and Texas that is composed of Daxter (vocals/guitar/keys/bass) and Raven (drums/keys). They recently released Magenta Military Man. The duo explains, “It tells the story of two soulmates.” I’m not going to go into the details but I will say that the story feels a bit mythological and philosophical by delving into topics such as morality.
The music is unequivocally experimental. There is a lot of dissonance, as well as spoken word and overall I would say it is the opposite of pop music. It’s got a David Lynch, theater of the absurd vibe.
“Son of the Morning” is the opener and you are greeted with a haunting set of elements. There is loose percussion, what sounds like a theremin and a steady bass line that keeps it all from falling apart. The vocals are delivered as if out of a horror movie. You hear the words “I am not here.” You can’t but help but think that they are referring to one’s ego. The dramatic flare works well in the song. It moves like molasses and feels like it has no place to explore.
“Juggernaut” sounds a bit like a scene in a movie. There are multiple voices. You can hear some back and forth spoken word but there is also an indistinguishable hollow voice in the background. The whole thing feels ominous. It’s ugly in fantastic ways.
“Through the Faerie Circle” is the centerpiece and I was really impressed by how well it worked with the previous songs. The dangling voices and free jazz sort of vibe is at its best. It’s completely over the top melodramatic but something about it worked. I think it was the abstract quality of the whole thing between the disconnect. The lyrics are ambiguous. Lines like “Harsh starlight pierce the treetops, the toadstools dance in the faerie realm.” are completely open to interpretation.
Last up is “Snake's Head” which sounds like it might be conjuring dead spirits. There is some a cappella singing that I thought sounded great.
Suffice it to say this music is niche. I’m all-in for abstract and haunting qualities and this release delivers the goods. If you are like me I think you will enjoy this release. Take a listen.
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