LOOK AT THIS! Savak ‘Recanted (Free the Singer)’
Alright.c A mysterious slice of post-punk with a thrill of Wire’s post-punk pop exploration since its debut. A wonderful slice of melancholic melody and great guitar lines – a perfect pop guitar track that you just have to hear…
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Brooklyn’s Post-Punk Mainstays SAVAK announced their fifth album, Human Error / Human Delightwho will come out April 15, 2022, via Ernest Jenning Record Co. in collaboration with the group Particular works.
SAVAK is the two-headed beast of Sohrab Habibion and Michel Jaworskiwith Matt Schulz to the battery. Jaworski and Habibion have shared vocal and songwriting duties since the band’s inception in 2015, taking turns singing their songs while playing guitar and other various instruments. Although members of SAVAK have done time in bands like Obituaries, Edssel, holy fuck and more, their current outfit looks like the true culmination of their songwriting powers.
How do you keep hope when you live in a time of endless crisis? Does love have a value if the planet is dying? Is there any justification for producing an album during a global pandemic? On their fifth album, Human Error / Human DelightBrooklyn-based rockers SAVAK wrestle with questions no less fundamental than these. They may not find concrete answers, but the exploration itself is proving remarkably fruitful.
Today, Savak returns with a new single from the album titled ‘Recanted (Free the Singer)’, a song crafted in the full glare of the covid pandemic…
“I recently found the original lyrics I wrote for this song – there were references to bad faith investments, setting traps and chasing your own tail,” says Sohrab. “It was the height of my own pandemic unease, having recovered from COVID, watching the surge in positive case numbers closely, watching our governor at the time try to dazzle us with our fears with self-aggrandizing speeches , while the bodies were kept in refrigerated trucks around the corner from my apartment. It was dark. Hence the opening lines, “So much has been said, it was just to fill in the gaps while we buried our dead.” Later in the song, I tried to accept the apprehension of seeing strangers on the street, in empty grocery stores, on the F train: “So much that we dread, it’s the ambient incomprehension that occupies our heads. Meanwhile, there is a parallel thread that alternates with temporal concerns; one who ruminates on power, control, and our unsatisfied hunger to correct people publicly. In a world that has no time for small gestures and where subtlety is routinely unrewarded or ignored, this song hopes we can find a way to highlight voices from the fringes and “free the singer.”
For the video of ‘Recanted (Free the Singer)’, which you can watch HEREthe band enlisted the help of DC punk legend Ian Svenonius (Nation Of Ulysses, The Make Up, Weird War, etc.) to perfectly capture the stuffy discomfort of the song.
“He filmed himself in the style of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, replacing the rubbish-strewn London alley with a white wall and a touch of Alan Vega’s brooding presence,” says Sohrab. “I roughly cut his footage from an old TV remote commercial, threw it and refilmed it on my teenage son’s friend’s Hi-8 camera (thank you young skaters for keeping this format alive!) . Hopefully it stays entertaining for three minutes!
“A quick note about the music: it’s basically a riff all the time. Our drummer Matt cleverly asked for a break in this two-chord monotony, so you’ll catch a short bridge halfway through. But my goal was to pull off a Wire trick, and sometimes the Kinks do it effortlessly, which is to use the same chords for the verse and the chorus, allowing the vocal melody or phrasing to distinguish the sections. Again, “free the singer”.
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