Artist: The March Divide
The March Divide is essentially just one man named Jared Putnam. His new record “Saturdays” with white cover art recruits only one other musician, drummer Austin Busbee. Putnam has almost single-handedly made his “white album.”
This 14 track project deserves to be likened to the Beatles’ celebrated 1968 musical kaleidoscope with pure white jacket because it’s so good.
The sixth day has a reputation for being the happiest 24 hours of the week and Saturdays’ music dovetails to that expectation. It’s the record’s sonic balance that’s most remarkable. Every song is a joy and none resembles the others. Gentle tempos give way to infectiously upbeat ones.
“I Give Up” is one of these adorably speedy power pop numbers. Its sweetness clocks in at a diminutive two and a half minutes. “Katherine Loves the Fall” is about a young single mother who doesn’t like her job at the mall. Putnam carefully crafts his story song about a woman focused on the future with the care of a diamond cutter.
Train wheels slapping track percussion on “I Don’t Recall” builds while conveying Putnam’s vocals and backing chorus to a crescendo. “This Infatuation” bravely cradles a whistling chorus and woodblock percussion to its bosom.
It’s a quirky break-up song concluding with a few seconds of inexplicable party noise. A White Stripes riff is delicately pinched for the opening of “Over and Over.”
There’s no blues like that of a shift worker doing the same awful job day in and day out. “Stacey” sounds like the Beach Boys on a surf perfect afternoon. That would naturally be on a Saturday.