An artist’s moniker can be both a random selection of words or a career defining set of terms — the guiding force for everything released after its inception.
For Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore, the latter seems to ring true. French for “to know love” Savoir Adore has always infused their music with a dreamy sensuality that certainly matches their name. Their latest track “Black and Blue” takes this vibe to new heights, and despite its seemingly chill wave production, the meaning behind the track digs at something deeper and perhaps darker. One half of the musical pair, Lauren Zettler remarks,
“Love is hard. We put ourselves through a lot to make relationships work, sometimes it’s healthy and sometimes it’s not, but I think it’s a pretty universal experience. Sometimes we make it through and are better because of it, sometimes it all implodes and we are still hopefully better because of it. There’s something beautiful about giving someone or something your all, even if it leaves you metaphorically bruised.”
This is perhaps what Savoir Adore does best — take all the hurt and make something truly magical out of it. The process can be both long and slow burning, or a brief moment of catharsis. Zettler continues:
“Songwriting is different for everyone, and for me it’s not usually a quick process. But every year or so, I get kind of a download and a complete song comes out in under an hour — I sat down at my piano and wrote ‘Black and Blue’ in an afternoon, recorded a voice memo of it and sent it to Paul. I think I said something like ‘I don’t know what this is but I think it’s a thing.’ Paul heard the production immediately — it was a pretty lovely collaboration.”
The tune is off part one of their new album, First Bloom out October 19. Watch the lyric video for “Black and Blue” and be sure to catch the duo on tour. Dates below.
Tues, Nov 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Wed, Nov 28 Washington, DC @ DC9
Fri, Nov 30 Boston, MA @ Sonia
Sat, Dec 8 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Mon, Dec 10 Los Angeles, CA @Moroccan Lounge