It's Friday afternoon, and among the cobbled back streets of Clerkenwell, a roomful of creative types are doing exactly what roomfuls of creative types like to do on a Friday afternoon: watching an acoustic gig with a cold beer in hand.
After fifteen minutes, during which time I nose around the office - clocking the bubblegum-pink Atom Heart 12" on display, the band and their live backing trio are introduced. We learn that FRUKT met Brooklyn duo Savoir Adore while doing some brand work in NY, liked them, and invited them to come play at their London office.
Dressed in pea-green, singer Deidre Muro concentrates on the delicate extraction of woooms and waaas from a microKORG (balanced atop a tower of books on a red conga drum), casually revealing, at intervals, her honey-smooth vocals. Paul Hammer, in contrast, is a bouncing bundle of energy, driving the songs forward in grinning conspiracy with his drummer. It might be this contradiction that gives them stage presence.
The folkish melancholia of The Garden (from 2010's In The Wooded Forest) is cannily reproduced without the aid of the LP's echoic effects; Sarah's Secret and its safe, wide bassline takes me back to Billie Myers' Kiss The Rain; while the memorable intro to new single Dreamers has the spiky, mismatched harmonies of Message In A Bottle. Achieving a kind of timbral dialogue, Hammer takes the verse, Muro the chorus.
With a template of 90s guitar worship and on-trend 'fantasy pop', Savoir Adore create a tapestry of rock and pop's lightbulb moments, from The Smith's third-interval melodies to the comedic wobble of Smash Mouth's Walkin' On The Sun.
After their last song, someone shouts enthusiastically 'Savoir Encore', to which the answer is a big smile and sheepish shaking of heads. Kind of made me like them more.
Their new album Our Nature is due this Autumn. Meanwhile, check out the impressive remix roster of the Dreamers EP.
All images courtesy of Lauren Keogh at www.laurenkeogh.com
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