Ever since Saa, the duo of London's Old Apparatus member A. Levitas and Norwegian singer Linn Carin Dirdal, took their first track down from Soundcloud after we had first introduced the duo back in February, we've been eagerly waiting for them to resurface. A return could of course only mean the project's signing to a proper label, and the simultaneous announcement of a debut release. Both things finally happened yesterday, and we couldn't be more excited to see that the two have joined the ranks of left_blank's esteemed roster. The London label will release Saa's eponymous EP on July 8, and you may now listen to the first track, "Your Sword Is Your Silence", below. The track is a proper introduction to the duo's work, a slowly meandering, aptly melancholic song that thoughtfully balances the two musicians' contributions while still leaving enough space for the topical silence to sink in.
The EP as a whole is a pleasant reminder of what can happen when a truly gifted producer and an adventurous, open-minded vocalist get together to actually create something: it all makes just so much sense. The debut sounds remarkably accomplished, like something that doesn't simply follow along the artists' musical instincts - though I'm sure those are involved as well. Quite the contrary, you immediately and subconsciously understand that it is built on an idea, or rather a concept on what is supposed to happen to make the end result credibly communicate that it's not merely a beatmaker who's got a singer now because, you know, vocals sell so much better - especially, as
society the markets will tell you, when those vocals come out of a female mouth. With their debut, Dirdal and Levitas have managed to come up with a piece of music that is, in the truest sense of this rather hackneyed phrase, much more than simply the sum of its parts.