Melbourne project Savagery, with only one single under their name, has already created a realm where they and their music can occupy. Led by Thomas Savage, their first release, “Laughter,” is not the kind of electronic track associated with soft serenades and serendipitous subject matter. But in a refreshing fusion between The Postal Service and early James Blake, their sound comfortably cradles the listener into a calming counterbalance against the glitches in the instrumental.
Savage, in particular, sings so gently in a distinct quaver that is sure to remedy any qualms previously held before listening. On top of the scattered landscape of the instrumental, his voice is as much of a texture as the guitars hidden behind the wall of sound, never coming off too overbearing or overtly pushing his melancholy. That same melancholy is unmistakable with the pain in his voice as if he’s on the brink of tears. It’s to the point where the lyrics, sung in English, seem written in a different language, complimenting the abstraction between the lines.
When speaking about the inspiration behind the song, Savage said, “We live in a web of self-constructed decisions. How many wishes are suppressed? When’s forgiveness due and when is it not?” In other words, the decisions made for our well-being may not align with our initial intentions, hopes, or dreams. That dilemma is not something to be seen in black and white; instead more accurately reflects a gray-scaled way of thinking. Savage evokes these concepts successfully, making for a mature debut single ripe with promise for future releases.
Words: David Sosa
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