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Derek Simpson – “Saturn Returns” [Song Review]

At once airy, with faint blushes of melancholy, as well as an elusive expectancy, Derek Simpson’s “Saturn Returns” exudes a luscious warmth.

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Derek Simpson “Saturn Returns” single artwork
Derek Simpson “Saturn Returns” single artwork

Indie-pop/alt-R&B artist Derek Simpson unveils the first single/music video, “Saturn Returns,” from his upcoming third long player, Somehow. Simpson will release each of the tracks in sequential order every Thursday for ten weeks. It began with “Saturn Returns” on June 13th and will end on August 15th.

What’s unique about Simpson’s creations is his use of ancillary sounds – samples, remnants, and fragments – that add flexible, almost fractal-like accents to the primary melody.

Based in Los Angeles, Simpson has produced songs for Kevin Abstract, Dom McLennon, and Rockie Fresh. With more than five million streams, Simpson’s music received sync placements in Comedy Central’s Workaholics, The Wheel, starring Amber Midhunter, and the forthcoming film Shook.

“Saturn Returns” opens on a gently wavering guitar topped by Simpson’s low, breathy vocals that elevate with resonance as glossy, velvety synths enter, expanding to coruscating textures on the outro. As the song approaches its conclusion, washes of dreamy harmonies give the tune a delicious shimmering sensation.

Derek Simpson, photo by Joshua Suque

Derek Simpson, photo by Joshua Suque

The lyrics reveal the interconnectedness of all creatures in the world. Life goes on, and Saturn returns, marking the next phase of a person’s life.

At once airy, with faint blushes of melancholy, as well as an elusive expectancy, overall “Saturn Returns” exudes a luscious warmth.

Run Time: 2:42
Release Date: June 13, 2024
Record Label: Trailing Twelve Records

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