Staff Pick: Saintseneca treads darker ground, but doesn’t get bogged down

By Columbus Alive
From the October 31, 2013 edition

By Andy Downing

As its title suggests, Dark Arc, the latest album from Columbus’ Saintseneca (due out in March on Anti), finds the artful folkies mining inspiration from shadowy ground. “You’re drenched in blood,” sings Zac Little at the onset of the album-opening “Blood Bath.” Things grow bleaker from there on shambolic tunes like “Happy Alone,” “Only the Young Die Good” and “Fed Up With Hunger” (sample lyric: “How does one so young become so filled up with hunger?”).

Despite the oft-heavy lyrical content, many of the songs still sound damned near weightless, buoyed by gorgeous guy-gal vocal melodies (All Dogs frontwoman Maryn Jones offers Little a welcome foil), inventive arrangements and a craftsmen’s approach to song structure. Catch the band now, because after this album drops tickets are undoubtedly going to be that much tougher to come by.

Way Yes and Bummers open the show.

Photo credit: Saintseneca