14 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its stunningly gorgeous debut album, In the Wooded Forest, the Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore garnered comparisons to Broken Social Scene, MGMT, and The Postal Service. Its 2013 sophomore album is more fleshed out, with a quiver of synthesizers and noticeably more expensive-sounding production for Savoir Adore's minimalist pop sophistication. The opening duet, “Dreamers,” finds Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro still deeply in love with all things '80s; “Dreamers” and the bookending standout “Sea of Gold” recall the bygone cosmopolitan pop of The Thompson Twins. There’s an innovative approach to arranging and mixing these songs that keeps Savior Adore from falling into total retro trappings. “Loveliest Creature” pulses with a nouveau disco beat as Muro sings seductively over New Order–inspired keyboards. Similarly, “Empire of Light” blends bygone dreampop textures with a glossy new wave sheen that owes equal parts to Berlin’s 1984 album Pleasure Victim and Pala by Friendly Fires.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With its stunningly gorgeous debut album, In the Wooded Forest, the Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore garnered comparisons to Broken Social Scene, MGMT, and The Postal Service. Its 2013 sophomore album is more fleshed out, with a quiver of synthesizers and noticeably more expensive-sounding production for Savoir Adore's minimalist pop sophistication. The opening duet, “Dreamers,” finds Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro still deeply in love with all things '80s; “Dreamers” and the bookending standout “Sea of Gold” recall the bygone cosmopolitan pop of The Thompson Twins. There’s an innovative approach to arranging and mixing these songs that keeps Savior Adore from falling into total retro trappings. “Loveliest Creature” pulses with a nouveau disco beat as Muro sings seductively over New Order–inspired keyboards. Similarly, “Empire of Light” blends bygone dreampop textures with a glossy new wave sheen that owes equal parts to Berlin’s 1984 album Pleasure Victim and Pala by Friendly Fires.

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About Savoir Adore

Brooklyn's Savoir Adore make atmospheric, synth- and guitar-heavy indie pop. Formed by fellow NYU students Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro in 2007, Savoir Adore signed to the Cantora label -- home to the similarly inclined neo-psych band MGMT -- and released The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat EP. Savoir Adore quickly garnered buzz for their live shows, which found the duo fleshing out their sound with a backing ensemble. In 2009, they released their debut full-length, In the Wooded Forest. Three years later, they returned with the '80s dream pop-infused Our Nature.

During the early stages of production on a follow-up, Muro and Hammer parted ways. Subsequently, Hammer began collaborating in the studio with several guest co-vocalists including Leah Hayes, Lauren Zettler, and Winslow Bright. In 2016, the new look Savoir Adore delivered their third studio album, The Love That Remains, featuring the single "Giants." ~ Matt Collar

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