Boomkat Product Review:
The Saturn Star is a properly immersive gesamtkunstwerk of music and art for an imagined film by Jorge Velez, who has strong previous form in this arena for L.I.E.S. and Rush Hour...
Now doing it for Alex Egan’s Utter label some five years after it started up with Jack Latham (Jam City)/Daniel Swan’s ‘Lux Laze’ score, Velez conjures an evocative, all-synthetic soundtrack for a fictitious flick, where “In a western European nation in the XVI Century, a physician-alchemist is accused of practising witchcraft by The Inquisition and is forced to live on the run. Pursued from all directions, he reluctantly resorts to a powerful and terrifying final act of self-preservation."
Taking cues from The Third Ear Band, late-period Coil, Carlos Peron's lurid soundtracks and European folk music, Velez applies his enigmatic sleight-of-hand to hardware in a mazily absorbing suite that variously calls to mind aspects of Bobby Krlic’s ‘Midsommer’ as much as the score of Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field In England’ and the music to ‘Black Rainbow’ or ‘Building Arnold Schwarzenegger’, all very effectively evoking his subject in the most classic and timeless style.
Jorge Velez is also an illustrator and his accompanying A5 booklet plays a crucial part in the strength of ‘The Saturn Star’ with 8 pages of wordless images that work in step with the music and bring its pagan themes to life with sparse form that leaves lots to the imagination. It’s arguably among the most thoughtful and well-executed albums of its ilk in recent memory.