Slow Dakota is the baroque pop project of our very own Fort Wayne, Indiana-based writer PJ Sauerteig, and we’re happy to present his new single “I Saw Christ Crying in Hermès” (out via his own record label, Massif Records). Like most of his work, this track is intensely lyrical and allusive, though perhaps somewhat more easily-digestable than his other work. PJ thought I would do a good job presenting his work, but little did he know – I’m just gonna quote his explanation word for word, cause the artist knows his own work best.
The main rhythmic element of this number is a jangly acoustic guitar (or even ukelele / mandolin-sounding) cadence that makes me immediately recall one of my favorite Animal Collective-influenced folk songwriting projects, Norwegian Arms (what with the arctic-sounding voicings and jangly rhythms underneath playfully high-voiced vocal layerings). It’s weird how a track that sounds so Americana-influenced (in an outdoorsy, folksy sense) can recall megachurches and the decline of American Protestantism at the same time. Or maybe it isn’t so weird. As I mentioned before, PJ’s lyrics are really the strong point here (sung from the perspective of Jesus):
That I love them equally;
That they’re all the same to me.
What a foolish thing to do –
Boy, it shows how little I know you!
I should have made my Book exclusive –
Only sold in SoHo stores,
Bouncers at the golden doors –
Then a great big line would form!
A bigger line than Heaven’s had for years!
All in all, it’s a pretty wonderful track that speaks to PJ’s ability to coherently string together overarching themes with coy instrumentals. You can keep up with Slow Dakota on facebook and find the rest of his music on bandcamp.