If You Ask is the physical release of saajtak’s 2018 Hectic EP, contextualized by four remix tracks from special guests. These featured artists include Detroit illustrator and producer Sterling Toles, producer Jonathan Snipes from the Los Angeles hip-hop group clipping., and our own Polyhop (Simon Alexander-Adams) in collaboration with hip-hop artist MC Kadence. This new release also includes an expansive acoustic reimagining of saajtak’s song “If You Ask”, complete with string quartet and vibraphone arrangements by saajtak bassist Ben Willis and percussionist Jonathan Taylor.
Released August 2019.
Available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Hectic EP is the second release of Detroit-based art rock quartet saajtak. The songs expand upon the band's established penchant for long-form, winding compositions, crafting some of their most accessible spaces yet. Shrouded in distorted bass, ethereal electronic sounds, haunting vocals, and insistent drums, Hectic EP seamlessly weaves together simmering grooves, surprising textures, and melodic hooks that will stick with you. Recorded in Hamtramck MI with Adam Cox, mixed by Jonathan Snipes of the band clipping., and mastered by Lizzy Erickson. Released June 2018.
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Spokes EP is the debut release of Detroit-based art-rock quartet saajtak. Each song presents a distinct perspective into saajtak’s eclectic sound, yet fits together like sonic jigsaw puzzle. The EP begins with The Keeper – a haunting drone-rock-opera that contemplates aging and living. Emerging from the stillness of The Keeper’s coda is Asimo’s Epilogue – a taste of experimental glitchy future-funk that floats in and out of ambient reflections. The title track Spokes presents a prog-rock epic that flirts with trip-hop, free-jazz, and groove oriented polyrhythm. Lastly, Underscore [ _ ] concludes in a noisy frenetic fashion – with a high energy flash of organized chaos and textural complexity. Released March 2017.
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