The new Savoir Adore is different in a good way.
Savoir Adore is back with a third album release quite far from anything the band has released in the past. Originally a Brooklyn duo consisting of Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro, after the release of Our Nature in 2010, Muro had parted ways, leaving Hammer to explore his musical options. As a result, Savoir Adore is a now a five member band; still Savoir Adore but with a twist.
The Love That Remains is an 11-track album which embodies more pop-rock fused with synth-pop. It’s much more modern compared to previous releases and one suspects that there has definitely been some musical experimentation in the lab. However, the essence of the band itself hasn’t been lost and that may be due to the similarity in female lead Lauren Zettler’s vocals to that of Muro. The best way to describe the current Savoir Adore would be a fusion of all the familiar indie-rock and pop that exists today. There are hints of Oh Wonder, Royal Concept, Young The Giant, Young Galaxy, Great Good Fine Ok and even Smallpools. Those that are invested in that genre of music will most likely be getting the jist of what Savoir Adore’s sound captures.
With a captivating start, Savoir Adore brings “Lovers Wake” as its first track. It has a spacey yet chill indie-electro sound, doing an excellent job of hooking the listener right into the album. “Giants” has more of an upbeat indie rock vibe with bold marching drumbeats and an emphasis on guitar work. Minus the vocals, the song has a very Royal Concept sound to it. “Mountains (Love Won’t Burn My Heart)” features the pretty vocals of Zettler and mixes synth-pop and indie-rock very well, similar to the style of Chrvches.
“Paradise Gold” changes up the tempo from previous tracks, bringing an upbeat indie pop-rock number with some serious groove. The guitar is the takeaway from this number. “Savages” brings the mood back down with pleading lyrics “I want you, I need you,” set to keyboard beats. Starting off with a cute electronic mash-up before shifting into a pop-rock number is “Crowded Streets.” “Other Worlds” with it’s up-tempo banjo strumming produces a campfire happy-vibe while “Beautiful Silence” is a slow mellow number showing off the perfect harmony between the vocals of Hammer and Zettler. “Night Song” brings a weird yet happy nostalgia feel, embracing a true classic indie pop-rock essence.
The revamp of Savoir Adore by Paul Hammer is definitely leading the band in the right direction and the future of Savoir Adore seems to be filled with endless possibilities. The highlight of this album is how it has such great variety within the pop-genre, making the anticipation per track change very enjoyable and entertaining. Like popular London-based duo Oh Wonder, the vocals of Lauren Zettler and Paul Hammer are a suitable match. It wouldn’t be surprising if this band becomes a mainstream pop-rock name in the near future.