Mike's Picks #3
Savages - Adore Life
All the aspects that made their debut, 2013's Silence Yourself, such an intriguing listen are still in tact. They effortlessly combine the swagger of early Siouxsie and the Banshees and PJ Harvey, the angular, stabbing rhythms of Wire and Gang of Four, and the washed out, distorted guitars of Sonic Youth and Swans. Despite having a style that takes plenty from the past, it all feels fresh. It's the sound of a young band truly getting a foothold on their style, working out the kinks on a grand stage.
On the album's centerpiece, the brooding and gorgeous "Adore," Beth begs the question, "Is is human to adore life?" The song ends with the repetition of "I adore life/Do you adore life?" Despite all of love and life's trappings, the ups and downs, she sides with love, all the while questioning this decision and demanding an answer from the listener.
This is an album full of contradictions. Equal parts disco and punk, masculine aggression and feminine sophistication, LOVE tattooed on the left hand and HATE on the right. Savages have found comfort in the space between. I highly suggest you give this album a shot. Who knows, you may fall in love with it.
If only I didn't care so much
For the feel of your cold, cold touch
In every bed I leave behind
Is it human to adore life?
I understand the urgency of life
In the distance there is truth which cuts like a knife
Maybe I will die maybe tomorrow so I need to say
I adore life
Do you adore life?