Savoir Adore: Our world is fantasy-based
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Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro seem to have crafted their own unique little dreamscape -- with their music acting as both the introduction and the driving force to the world behind the curtain. Together, Hammer and Muro have been creating their own brand of shimmering power-pop that has slowly evolved from playful experimentation to polished production since 2007.
With the release of their third full-length album, Our Nature, Savoir Adore seems to have firmly cemented themselves as leaders in the "fantasy-pop" category. Over the course of the album's 14 tracks, the band takes delightful turns at '80s-influenced synths and dance beats, while Muro's sharp-crystal vocals act as an anchoring guide through the sound. At times, Our Nature feels like taking a step into that peculiar moment between dreaming and waking, when reality is still suspended and consciousness is slowly returning, and it's a wonderful escape.
Gimme Noise caught up with Hammer ahead of the band's show at the Cedar Cultural Center tonight to talk about the evolution of the band's sound and what lies ahead for the duo.
Gimme Noise: This is your third album. Tell me about how your sound has changed over the six years you've been performing as Savoir Adore?
Paul Hammer: It's changed a lot, and a lot of that is because we started this project as an experiment. We started just to see what would happen if we wrote and recorded together, and because of that, we've continued to develop our sound, and it's definitely changed over time as a sort of lo-fi synth sound. That's what it started as, anyway -- like, sampled sounds, and it sort of became more like a polished pop sound, just in terms of our sort of natural desire and experimentation. When we started it was like, "Let's see what we can do and get it down quick," and this album we spent over two years recording it and polishing it.
Has life changed for you since you first started the band?
Oh, yeah. The biggest change is even when we released our last record [The Adventures of Mr. Pumpernickel and the Girl with Animals in Her Throat], we hadn't really toured much, and we were still in the process of figuring out what we wanted to do because we're both still involved in other things as well. The biggest change was that we started to tour a lot more. We went to Europe twice, we toured with Oh, Land! and Lights in the States... That's been the most interesting shift, because that wasn't the lifestyle we... we just didn't do that. And now, we're much more comfortable touring. This is our longest tour ever, and we're really excited about it.
This is the re-release of Our Nature, which you originally put out into the world in October 2012. What's the idea behind re-releasing the album?
Basically, we ended up recording the record on our own, and after a while we wanted to see if someone would release it, and nothing was clicking, so we just released it ourselves and did the Kickstarter campaign and all that, and as a result of pushing it ourselves, a record label did decide to pick us up. It's funny because we met with [Nettwerk Music Group] in the fall of last year... It's sort of our dream to work with a record label that's really organized and has an international team, and as soon as that was a possibility, we really wanted to make it happen and do it right. We added one new song called "Beating Hearts," and so the idea is to release the record to a much broader audience.
You're going on tour, and you have quite a few dates lined up. Are there any places you're most excited to visit?
Oh yeah. The West Coast especially. We've never toured there. We did one show in L.A. last year, but personally, I'm so excited about it. I've never been to Portland or San Francisco, so this first leg of the tour are mostly cities that none of us have even been to, and it's the most beautiful time of the year. Also, on the way back I'm really excited to play Austin when it's not SXSW, because we've done that for five years, and not that we don't enjoy it, but it burns you out.