Saeta

Saeta

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We are a trio of piano, cello, acoustic guitar and male and female vocals whose songs have been said to "tell stories of longing and empty promises, and other such topics that probably shouldn't sound as pretty as they do."

Biography

Else Another Light Might Go Out is the fifth album from Saeta, painstakingly recorded and mixed by longtime collaborator Kramer (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi, Palace Brothers, Low).

Saeta features Matt Menovcik on vocals, guitar, and accordion, and Lesli Wood on vocals and piano. With Bob Smolenski on cello, they have created a lush collection of songs for Else Another Light Might Go Out, an hypnotic meditation on paradox and terror steeped in a lovely yet uncanny sense of Other.

Wood (also in Ms. Led) left Detroit for Seattle in 1997 and Menovcik (also in Rope, Inc.) came out a year later. With a name based on a quote from the liner notes for Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain they founded Saeta: "His performance here captures the essence of the saeta - the heart pierced by grief."

Saeta's first album Burn was mixed by Carl Hultgren from spacerockers Windy and Carl. This debut caught the attention of legendary underground experimental-pop producer and performer Kramer, who produced their next two albums, Structure In The Void and Resign To Ideal. For Saeta's fourth album, We Are Waiting All For Hope, the band worked with Steve Albini.

Saeta has toured North America and Europe and shared the stage with Low, Mark Kozelek, DeVotchKa, Damien Jurado, Hem, Rasputina, and The Church.

In 2007, Saeta's "You Fade" was used in the hit Italian film Giorni e Nuvole.

Else Another Light Go Out achingly explores seasoned songwriter Menovcik struggling with very real demons, regarding the painful end of a long-term relationship and other dark circumstances. To transform this pain, Menovcik grasped desperately to the aesthetics of hope, love, and beauty -- creating the songs for Saeta's most recent album. The title is both a reference to a John Steinbeck novel he was reading when things fell apart and a reflection on its meaning. This album is Matt's talisman as he emerged from that dark tunnel. He hopes that it is a source of light to others as well.

Lyrics

Sunbeam

Written By: Matt Menovcik

Sunbeam

Sunbeam
I’ll always take you with me
I never let you go away
From me

Sunbeam stay close to me

I’ll follow wherever you go
I’ll be wherever you are
I’ll wait out this rain with you
I’ll wait out this storm for you

Sunbeam stay close to me
Sunbeam I won’t let you go

About You

Written By: Matt Menovcik

About You

Twilight falls again with this whispered hush
I feel it once again in my heart
Another night as I
I think about you all night
I think about you each night
I think about you

Til sunlight comes again to another day
I feel it once again in my heart
Another day as I
I think about you all day
I think about you each day
I think about you

Pull my heartstrings taught
Never let me down
Don’t ever let me down
Promise me you’ll stay
We only fly so high
So spread these wings and soar
The words you say the looks I knew
This time we share these thoughts of you
Another day so many hours
These dreams we make this world of ours
Now I’m here with only thoughts
Silent words and heartstrings taught
Another night I wait this through
All this time I think of you

When Will You Find Love

Written By: Matt Menovcik

When Will You Find Love

With the stars of the evening
You hold your head to the night
You hope this time it’s finally forever
You hope this time that it’s right
But you doubted all along now
Always knew what you would find
So much hope in just believing
Another memory to hide
And you ask yourself when will you find love

Took your ghost by the hand now
Walked the day when we met
Somehow thought I’d find the answer
But all I found was regret
And I’ll never know, I’ll never know
Will you ask yourself when will you find love

And you know it will always be this way
That you’ll ask yourself when will you find love

Shine

Written By: Matt Menovcik

Shine

I’m sorry you feel this
I’m sorry you know
Don’t let it get you
Don’t let it stay
It’s only the feeling
It’s only right now
But you are the meaning
You are the sound

And you shine

I thank you for this
Reminder that
These dreams keep burning
This heart still beats
Just breathe this in
Breathe this in

And shine

These words can’t tell you
Voices can’t speak
Of what you have given
The beauty of this

You shine

Promise Me Still

Written By: Matt Menovcik

Promise Me Still

Hold out your hand
Give me your word
That it could really be this way
This morning’s come
No words can say
How you could ever let this end
Promise me that
Promise me still
Nothing will come
Nothing will be

Two steps ahead
I watch you go
Puts your heart out even more
The look in your eyes
The sound of your voice
You can’t feel this anymore
Promise me that
Promise me still
Nothing will come
Nothing will be

Then you go
The thoughts inside
The way you feel
When you go
The lights won’t shine
The clouds won’t break
When you go

Is There Nothing Left

Written By: Matt Menovcik

Is There Nothing Left

The touch of your body
You feel so delicate
The light in your eyes
You look so beautiful
Now must I long for this touch
How must I long for this touch
When there’s nothing left to feel
Is there nothing left?

Discography

Burn
Structure In The Void
Resign To Ideal
We Are Waiting All For Hope
Else Another Light Might Go Out

Set List

1. Your Ghost, Cosenza
2. When Will You Find Love
3. Promise Me Still
4. Sunbeam
5. About You
6. You Fade
7. Shine
8. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
9. Everything