Interview: Savoir Adore
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:19:52
Savoir Adore open up a different kind of dreamscape with Our Nature. It's a natural amalgam of electronic bliss, alternative intricacies, and pop poise. It's as undeniable as it unique, and we promise you're going to love it!
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Paul Hammer of Savoir Adore talks Our Nature, movies, and so much more.
Did you approach Our Nature with one vision or vibe in mind?
It's interesting. When we first started the record, it was sort of different than our past work because we were a little more open to the overall idea in terms of narrative. What was interesting, as we worked on it song-by-song, it actually became incredibly focused. We wrote the record over three years. Piece-by-piece, a definite narrative came together. In the end, it actually became a very focused vision. "Loveliest Creature" was one of the first songs we wrote for the record. That became the basis for us to focus on the relationship between two characters—in this case a monster and a girl. In the end, it was interesting. We've had three albums basically. We really took our time with Our Nature, but it was our way of moving from the more fairytale-based things and bridging them with human qualities. That's why we called it Our Nature as well. Our previous records are much more fantastical. Our Nature is our way of combining our ideas of the natural world and our humanity and bridging them. That's why it became more of a narrative about two characters. That's the story of the record. As we worked on it, it became a very specific narrative. "Dreamers" is the introduction. It's the overture, inviting people to come in and stay in the dream world. "Loveliest Creature" is the encounter. Throughout the entire record, it's this magical relationship between the two main characters that sort of falls apart.
What's the story behind "Sea of Gold"?
It's one of my favorites too. Funny enough, it was sort of chaotic and lonely. It's basically the idea of being completely lonely but surrounded by a lot of beauty in a way. That's obviously a very difficult place to be. We wanted the song to portray that sort of desolation but that affirmation of being surrounded by all of this gorgeous stuff. It felt like a perfect close to the record stylistically and literally.
Is it important for you to paint pictures and tell stories with the songs?
It's very important for us. In the past, we've worked from images. We've looked up a lot of really fun stock photography of fairytale settings to inspire songs and vice versa. For us, the cinematic and visual quality of the stuff is extremely important. We usually write with a picture in mind. For "Dreamers", we had an original musical idea and I sent Deidre a weird Photoshop-ed image of this dream sequence. From that, she actually wrote the lyrics. A lot of times, the visual and contextual to the music are very important to us. It's almost like we're scoring a movie that we both have a slightly different idea of what it looks like. In the end, it becomes what it becomes.
What else inspires you outside of music?
We both read a bit. We're not super literary people. We watch a lot of movies. We both love movies and art. There's a lot of inspiration from nature. When we first wrote the EP, a lot of it was about getting out of the city. We recorded at my parents' house, which is basically in the forest in Upstate New York. All of these things inspire us in slightly different ways. Often, we'll see a movie and it'll inspire a glimmer of an idea. I get that a lot from plays. There will be one setting and I'll think, "That is so image". A huge inspiration for us is Sleep No More, the immersive theater experience in New York City. That actually inspired the "Dreamers" music video. It's a completely immersive experience. You actually enter this five-story hotel. The design is incredible. There are all of these rooms. All of the action is unfolding around you. It's such a cool experience. You feel like you're genuinely in that world. It's just amazing. For the three hours you're there, you feel like you're a part of it instead of just watching something on stage. There's no separation. It's really a lot of things besides music that inspire us. Living in New York City, we're so fortunate to be surrounded by so much art and culture and just so many other things happening.
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If you were to compare Our Nature to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
There would definitely be a little bit of The NeverEnding Story. There's certainly a fantasy element to it. It's almost like an epic tragedy or tale. It could be a mixture of The NeverEnding Story and Romeo and Juliet. At least, that's what we feel like when we're listening to it or working on it. There are supernatural characters, but it's a very common theme. At the end of the day, the record is about two characters. It's a dangerous relationship. They find out two much about each other to the point where it crumbles and falls apart.
Sat, Sep 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tues, Sept 24 Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed, Sept 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri, Sept 27 Westport, CT @ Toquet Hall Teen Center
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