A musical journey, played out in the form of an album, is commonly referred to as a Rock Opera, Metal Opera or Hip-Hopra. More albums journey from point A to point B through common themes or by an instrumental progression. I love them (though I haven’t heard many Hip-Hopras). Intentionally coined as any form of Opera or not, the transition through emotion, spoken or otherwise, creates an enjoyable experience.
Though not openly described as any of the aforementioned, Savoir Adore’s Our Nature certainly travels a road of musical transition as it drives an audible voyage. Savoir Adore, the name to which Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro have given their “experimentations,” is built around their desire to share their imagination and “invite listeners, if only for a night, into their magical realm.”
The twelve tracks certainly journey through an array of changes. Beginning with heavily distorted synth-driven “Dreamers,” Savoir Adore plays to a modern take on retro-sounds. The balance of Hammer’s 80s like delivery and Muro’s graceful vocals weave a web of hypnotic indie-pop. Transitioning without missing a beat, the duo launches into a single track that will have you sold on the album. “Loveliest Creature” takes riffs directly out of Christopher Wolstenholme’s book and intertwines them with what can only be compared to early Shirley Manson-like vocals; or as I will venture to say, audible crack. The balance, delivery and dynamic are perfect. This track alone made me an instant and lifetime fan. From this point on, however, the album lifts up and glides into the stratosphere of a dreamier, airier pop. Savoir Adore (or literally translated “Know Love”) moves into ten tracks that will carry you through a trance. Although not nearly as heavy hitting as the two leading tracks, there is a fascinating skill of playing to the empty spaces perfectly and developing a magical vocal duet. “Empire of Light” and “Wild Davie” uniquely create an audible escape with an edge as the sharpness is brilliantly defined with bass and kick drum.
Though not as obviously operatic as say, Quadrophenia or Kilroy Was Here, Our Nature definitively takes you on a journey. Neither abrasive nor hard on your psyche, Savoir Adore gently slides into your head and paints a vivd dreamscape. From point A (“Dreamers”) to point B (“Sea of Gold”) the vocal precision and range of pop style is a noteworthy and enjoyable ballad.