31/3/16 – Savages – Adore Life – 2016

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Savages Adore Life Album Cover 2016The second single from Savages latest album Adore Life continues with its serious attempts to have you realise what you have. Be happy or else, inspiration is all around you, don’t forget it, life is precious, treasure it. It’s a good message, but it doesn’t celebate the glory of our existence with joy or friviolity. In Savages world the concept of fun seems like a serious endeavour.

I’ve seen them live they’re intense, well Jehnny Beth is intense as a front person, musically they have a creative and moody guitar player in Gemma Thompson that finds the balance between distortion and clean guitar sounds, a drummer that understands the dynamics of the band in Fay Milton and a secret weapon in Ayse Hassan their bass player- she’s the one that gives the band, power and groove, a sensuous aggression, lulling you into a trance with the edge of a plectrum, grinding into the strings like train wheels on steels tracks but simultaneously caressing you, massaging you, loosening you up for the desperate plea of Beth, staring you out.

On reading the lyrics one wonders if she is talking herself into her own argument. Faced with the coldness of the universe, the emptyness of relationships, it’s almost like she found the light in the midst of her own despair and now tries to repair herself. I don’t know, I don’t know her. Is she angry with a world that gives her everything and nothing? You need to be special to rise above the dross, without resorting to bitter attack and cynicism, because there’s always someone nicer, smarter and worse off than you that’s handling it better.

The video for Adore is like a British film, I’m waiting to see Ewan McGregor. A stark reflection of now, a social study. They simply must be considering the contradictions of living on the planet right now, love in the family, lack of money, technology overload, the goddam mobile phones in the air that Savages don’t want at their gigs. They are like their own movement, they want you to do something, the problem might be that one freezes in the headlights of Jehnny Beth’s intensity. You’d be choosing your words around her, she seems like she would have an opinion on everything that mattered and expects you to have thought it through as thoroughly as she has. I don’t know, I don’t know her.

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If you want smiles, hedonism, escapism this isn’t the place for you. She makes Karen O seem distracted by her own vehicle but this is America Vs Europe. We see it differently over here, there was always that lack of irony in American music (Ok except Zappa and Beefheart and The Residents and loads more) but now that’s all it is if you’re in the smart league, irony exaggerated to the point of death might be manifested in a pink dress sipping on a yellow milk shake with a florescent green straw. It seemed that the American artists always used to look sincerely in to the camera, the British artist looking away. Now the more pain there is or depth of thought, the more colours there are. As if you can’t be plainly serious over there without being a bore. In Europe it’s more a direct confrontation with the troubles in the world or in love, it’s in plain black and white, it’s not illustrated in pink. Interestingly in America Metal seems more barbed but then you can never quite get over the  bombardment or the obliteration of the words. With Savages it’s clear, a clear demand through the music and the lyrics from Jehnny Beth to you directly, but I don’t know, I don’t know her.

The world seems to be plotting against us, challenging our concepts of democracy with Trump, freedom of speech in a controlled media, the value of entertainment and the lowest common denominator, the raging wars of words and violence between believers of different versions of the same thing and the absurd idea that if you question the existence of the supernatural creator of the universe that death or at least lack of trust and respect should be expected – from all sides. Can you imagine being a highly intelligent gay, handicapped, black woman, pacifist, atheist, pro choice and anti death penalty non-gun owner living in mid-America. Ha Ha, that’s tough.

My point is that for me Savages may not give any answers about the difficulty of living in a fucked up value system but they do make us aware that you have to think about things seriously and maybe love is the metaphor but even then, lovers have to talk as the planet dies and the gap between rich and poor widens and politicians become increasingly slimy. Jehnny Beth makes me feel that we should sit down, slow down, consider our surroundings, look at ourselves, our lovers, what we eat, who we trust and consider how we waste our time, but than again I don’t know, I don’t know her.

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If only I didn’t want the world
I wouldn’t make you feel so sad
I’m sure my shame would be gone
Is it human to adore life?

If only I’d hidden my lust
And starved a little bit more
If only I didn’t ask for more
Is it human to adore life?

I adore life

If only I’d lived beyond regret
I wouldn’t feel guilt for what I take
Is it human to ask for more?
Is it human to adore life?

I know evil when I see it
I know good and I just do it
If I hadn’t been so starved
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

If only I had been more shy
And hid every tear I cried
If only I didn’t wish to die
Is it human to adore life?

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

I adore life
Do you adore life?

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