Captivating Melbourne duo SAATSUMA, composed of Memphis Kelly and Cesar Rodrigues have today released their highly anticipated debut album, Overflow. The record sees the pair emerge with a cultivated sound well beyond their years.
SAATSUMA’s debut follows the success of 2016 releases ‘Floating’ and ‘Storm’ – the former finding itself on triple j rotation and gaining the two-piece recognition for their unique soundscapes and electronic production.
Written and produced by Memphis and Cesar, mixed by Dream Kit (Declan Kelly) and mastered by Lachlan Carrick, Overflow is a vessel filled to the brim. Named Overflow in continuity of a motif that runs throughout their body of work, Memphis Kelly says:
“Overflow continues the recurring theme of water, following on from our debut singles ‘Storm’ and ‘Floating’. Water has always been present in my songwriting – it’s an element I am constantly drawn back to… Our connection to and interaction with the natural environment. The fragility and fluctuation of relationships.“
It’s a nine track float on an imaginary SAATSUMA stream; from the comedown of ‘Feel It All’; drifting to a rejection of ignorance, ‘Isolate’; floating towards a notion of wanting what you can’t have, ‘Stay’, and the pull of the moon, ‘Crescent’.
On stage, SAATSUMA are a five-piece live act, fronted by Memphis Kelly and joined by Cesar Rodrigues, Maddy Kelly, Lachlan Stuckey and Andrew Congues. Making their mark at BIGSOUND 2016, SAATSUMA have since played on line ups for Paradise, The Hills Are Alive, and St Kilda Festival, as well as sharing the stage with the likes of Dorsal Fins, Thelma Plum, Olympia, Vera Blue, Yeo and PNAU.
SAATSUMA will bring their overwhelming live show to Northcote Social Club on September 23 for their Overflow album launch, including support form Squidgenini, Minorfauna and DJ Dee Luscious.
Along with the release of SAATSUMA’s debut album, Cesar and Memphis have put together the ‘Overflow Production Inspo’ playlist. The 15-song collection is brimming with eclectic influences from everyone’s favourite in Frank Ocean, to Scandinavian synth-pop band Little Dragon to Aussie funk figure Harvey Sutherland.
Listen to the playlist below:
Listen to SAATSUMA’s debut album below: