Album Review: Savoir Adore – Our Nature

By on Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

The name Savoir Adore roughly translates to “to know love” in French, and it’s quite an apt name for the pairing of best mates Paul Hammer and Deirdre Muro, whose friendship has led to the release of a concept EP, a debut album, then another EP and now, their second album ‘Our Nature’. Funded by money they raised from Kickstarter, the album and all of its promotional efforts including this North American tour have a humble DIY beginning, but this is a band that wear their hearts on their sleeves, and you can feel that in their music.

Earlier this year, I reviewed their EP ‘Dreamers’, released on Neon Gold, ahead of seeing them at this year’s Great Escape. The two primary songs on that EP, the title track and ‘Sea of Gold’, also appear on the new album. As I alluded to in the EP review, these two tracks are quite different, as if showing two different sides to the electronic duo. This feeling continues in ‘Our Nature’. I think I would have been happy with 12 tracks that were similar to either of these songs, but at the same time, but there are generally three groups of songs proffered here.

One group can only be described as fairy tale fantasy pop. ‘Loveliest Creature’ (a live version of which you can watch below), which sounded amazing in the upstairs performance space at Life in Brighton, is bouncy like ‘Dreamers’ and chronicles the feelings you get when you fall in love and everything comes together perfectly. It’s followed by ‘Sparrow’, featuring some of the most beautifully recorded harmonised vocals in all creation. I’m not sure what exactly the lyrics mean – particularly, “don’t you follow me into the ground” sounds like an more palatable sentiment than the one in Daughter‘s ‘Smother’, but the happiness of the way this song sounds belies any possible darkness it in the lyrics.

The second group are what I think of twee pop entries: think The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. You might be confused for a moment, because ‘At the Same Time’ sounds like it was written by Kip Berman, except I don’t think Berman ever sings about things like catacombs. Further, ‘Imagination’, ‘Anywhere You Go’ and ‘Our Nature’; these are really great examples of dream pop done right.

The third group of songs are the overt dance numbers, which by the way took me completely by surprise when the band played in Washington last weekend (live review forthcoming). The Late of the Pier-esque ‘Regalia’ is the lead single from the album and appears past the halfway point on the album. The Miami Vice chase-flavoured, New Wave feel of ‘Speed Bump’ and seeming nod to Cut Copy in ‘Sea of Gold’ come even later in the album, as if to move the listener away from the dream pop start. The highlight of the album is ‘Empire of Light’, the band’s current single. With the infectious as all hell bass line and primary melody and the shaking of maracas, I challenge you not to let this get into your head. Even the horn fanfare is placed oh so well; it’s not repeated throughout so to get on your nerves, but its appearance is enough to make you remember the unique addition.

The one oddball of the bunch is ‘Wild Davie’, which is folky and sounds like Bob Dylan (well, Bob Dylan before ‘Duquesne Whistle’, anyway); I can overlook this as a one-off. Hammer and Muro have mentioned in a recent interview that Savoir Adore allows them to experiment with and discovering new sounds, so all in all, I’d say this album as an experiment is a success. Get this album and prepare to be enchanted. Oh, and get your dancing shoes ready for those dance tracks, because this duo also know how to groove.

8/10

‘Our Nature’, Savoir Adore’s second album, is out now on Popular Recordings.

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