Following the release of their debut album, For Those Who Caught The Sun In Flight, in February 2014 Tomorrow We Sail return with the release of Saturn - a collaboration with historian, poet, and occultist Alexander Cummins.
The piece takes as its focus the practice of Renaissance astrological magic – which heavily informed the medicine and psychiatry of the era – in which a planet (often in the form of its deity namesake) is petitioned to avoid, counter or master the conditions, imbalances, and passions that it is thought to rule.
Saturn is regarded as the heavy and leaden ruler of melancholy and sorrow: in appeasing Saturn such sadnesses could be remedied, both in oneself and others. As such, the spoken components of the piece are taken from a variety of grimoires, kabbalistic texts, and popular astrological handbooks: ranging from lists of names of Saturnine spirits to litanies of the kinds of people and plants possessing Saturnine virtues.
The semi-improvisational piece, recorded live in a single day, sees Tomorrow We Sail exploring their most ambient side to-date; fusing Cummins' spoken word with a richly layered instrumental backdrop to create a sprawling 20-minute movement.
"This release is for all who suffer from the fog of melancholy, the black dog of depression, the lingering, clutching darkness. Saturn is a Hail Mary of a prayer, words thrown into a vacuum in hopes that a god once worshipped might still exist, might not be incontinent, might still be merciful. The song is a window into darkness, but it still believes in the possibility of light"
A Closer Listen
"The combination of Alexander's largely spoken-word vocals, which at times take an old-British stance akin to Peter Gabriel in his I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe phase, and Tomorrow We Sail's effortless instrumentation, results in a piece that is a bleak but rewarding, dramatic roller-coaster of emotions, similar in aesthetic to Our Ceasing Voice and Gizeh label-mates FareWell Poetry. A welcome appetiser to, hopefully, further co-operation in the future" Soundblab
Ella May Blake