THE SENTENCING: Check in to Saint Motel

Following the breakthrough success of 2016’s saintmotelevision, it makes sense that the indie pop band Saint Motel has moved from the small screen to the big screen with their latest EP The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Part 1. Intended to be released in three parts, the L.A.-based quartet start out with an entry that is deserving of two sequels. Ranging in genres throughout its sixteen minute run, it would seem scattered in an actual movie but it works perfectly here. These are my verdicts for each of the five songs on trial in a single sentence.

“Old Soul”

The soft vocals and mellow horns in this introductory track allow one to settle in a way they never could in an actual motel.

“Sisters”

This mix of 50s pop sprinkled with modern beats make this a fun one, all you need is a milkshake and juke box by your side.

“Van Horn”

They really put the horn in “Van Horn” as a western feel takes over with some disco thrown in.

“Diane Mozart”

The name and along with a few of the musical elements scream Vampire Weekend, but they still make the sound their own.

“Save Me”

Strings, horns and drawn out vocals make for a closer that soundtrack legend Sufjan Stevens would be proud of.

Case dismissed.

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