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Toronto ensemble Sauna share double A-side single ‘Only Luck,’ ‘Modernization,’ announce debut album ‘Dose Yourself’

Made up of members of Weaves, Fake Palms, and Greys, Toronto ensemble Sauna have announced their debut album, Dose Yourself, out this spring. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared their double A-side single, “Only Luck” and “Modernization.”

The forthcoming Sauna album serves as the follow-up to their 2019 EP. On Dose Yourself, the band weave in and out of a whole slew of genres, ranging from modern psychedelia to house to early 80’s hip hop and disco. You can hear that explorative sound on “Only Luck,” which comes with a video from IMMV Productions’ Justis Krar.

“‘Only Luck’ is an experiment in blending the influences of Giorgio Moroder, the landscape of gritty 80’s New York, and Elvis Presley’s inclination towards classic heartbreak crooning,” Sauna’s Michael le Riche (Fake Palms) explains. “Is everything a conscious decision or is it all really just luck and chance?”

Watch the video for “Only Luck” below.

On “Modernization,” Sauna lean into more of a hip-hop sound. Lyrically, the track is all about “instant gratification vs long term debilitation.”

“‘Modernization’ is inspired by early hip-hop pioneers like Kurtis Blow and Grandmaster Flash,” le Riche adds. “Their use of drum machines has been talked about over and over again, but I loved their use of synth stabs and ascending string lines and I wanted to pay homage to that. Thematically it questions instant gratification vs long term debilitation. Is something worth doing if it feels good now if the guture will be less vivid? But what if we’re not around in the future anyway?”

Listen to “Modernization” below.

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