Alexi Erenkov’s duo, The Saxophones, create beautiful and personal music. Accompanied by his wife, Alison Alderdice, on percussion and samplers, they blend the darkness and melancholy of 1950s balladry with minimalistic woodwind arrangements, creating a hypnotic sound that hearkens to the past while affirming its place in the present. They have just partnered with media giant Stereogum to premiere their single "New Tradition."
'"New Tradition” is the second single from the EP, and while it is aptly titled to symbolize the duo cleverly bringing decades-old sounds into the present, it also has astute commentary on the contrasting nature of furthering traditions in a time when they are no longer relevant. Erenkov delivers witty reflection in a deadpan, lackadaisical manner that belies their significance and creates a wonderful unresolved tension that is amplified by the room it’s given to reverberate in the chasmic arrangement. Here’s what the duo had to say about the song:
“New Tradition” is primarily an abstract meditation on practice and ritual, a passing glance at the paradoxical desire to move forward in a universe that appears to have no direction. The seemingly apathetic and resigned lyrical delivery is buoyed by saxophone accompaniment in the first half of the song and left to sink in the second until the last line in which a chorus of flutes accent one of the few sentiments this songwriter is certain of: he’s quick to judge." - Collin Robinson, Stereogum