After releasing two singles that featured exclusive tracks that revisited songs originally written in the 80's, Saudade now presents a collection of newer songs that were written in 2008 and 2009. Saudade is an unusual and raw project by Todd Durrant which reaches deep into musical influences of the new wave 80's to present very personal thoughts and reflections. Though the songs may not resonate as perfectly polished productions, the quirky and home-spun sound suits the mood and message of the music perfectly. After all, most of us struggle on the road to perfection and our weaknesses only become more apparent the closer we may come to the goal.
This album takes different looks at the attempt to be a good person, both in a melancholy way, and in a light, fun-loving way. It begins by asking whether anybody has "the guts to be good" in a world where the right way is often not the easier path. The album ends with Saudade's heartbroken look at a life spent in an endeavor that collapses due to changes in the world, while suggesting that even at the end of the dream, some things can't be taken away.
Saudade's songs are often accompanied with home made, no-budget videos which may not directly tie-in with the lyrics. Instead, they are intended to visually take the listener into other possible meanings and ideas...or mostly, the videos are just to have fun. Here are examples of such videos, including a full-length, time-lapse road trip from Utah, through Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, and down to Texas, and back again:
Tracklist: (click on the track title to hear a sample)
1. The Dream
2. The Guts to Be Good
3. Almost Perfect
6. The End of This Disease
7. Something In the Sky
9. Kansas Again
10. Mocking (Renames Stalking Lawyers Mix)
11. A Minute and a Half of Spring
12. Her Way (Somegirl Mix)
13. Somnium Finis