NYC’s fantasy-pop savants, Savoir Adore set the stage awash in white as all five members were dressed in the uniform color setting them apart from the other two bands in a well thought-out, art-school kind of way. But then they weren’t just all pretty, they delivered the goods too with an excellent set that started with “Beating Hearts”, a nice window into their new album, “Our Nature”.
Songwriting duo, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro met while studying music at NYU. They wrote, played and recorded most of the music on the studio EP, "Our Nature" but here benefit from a full live band completed with Tim McCoy on drums, Gary Atturio on bass and guitarist, Alex Foote.
They follow that with “Bodies”, a song off their debut album, “In The Wooded Forest”. Then it’s a happy dreamy onslaught of new songs. From Muro’s breathy “ha, ha, ha’s ” that punctuate “Sea of Gold” to “Imagination”, “Regalia”, the stand-out “Loveliest Creature” and “Dreamers”, it’s a rich '80s electronic tapestry with sweetened melodies and dual-male-female vocals that work like sea salt caramel.
They finish with a cover of “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince but it’s “you are the loveliest creatures that I ever did see…” that keeps playing a loop in my head over the ringing in my ears from being directly next to the speakers.
Another tune off their Kickstarter-funded self-released album, worth listening but not on their set list for the night is “Empire Of Light”. With its tremolo guitar hooks, deep bass lines, and dreamy lyrics weighted throughout with the synth-pop echo of the '80s, they prove to the cognoscenti that they stand head and shoulders from the current synth-pop pack.