Saffron Airfield is – in a word – weird. This offering from Winnipeg’s own Mãs Headspace builds eccentric funky rock songs around beach-y guitar and grooving bass, overlaying it all with some seriously bizarre lyrics. With songs about the perfect combination of babies and snow cones, disco turkeys and marching elephants, the album’s mention of ‘shroom days and being decked out in marijuana makes a lot of sense. This debut, with its psychedelic album illustrations and lines like, “Mixing magic and weed and all those simple things that make your life just feel complete,” ends up feeling more like a bad trip. The whole thing is uncomfortable and confusing and disjointed, and when it’s all over you’re pretty sure you don’t want to experience it again. Catch Mãs Headspace perform Saturday, Nov. 27 at Shannon’s Irish Pub.
Published in Volume 65, Number 13 of The Uniter (November 25, 2010)