ANNA B SAVAGE – Song For Ewe

Anna B Savage photo by Jem Talbot

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a London singer/songwriter with a voice that will make you not just stop in your tracks, but positively screech to a dusty stop and turn the dial right up. With a new (second) single “Dead Pursuits” out on the reliably cool City Slang label, Anna B Savage has a resonant timbre and deep-cut delivery of which I hadn’t heard the like since I became a lifelong fan of Thalia Zedek (Come/Live Skull/Uzi). You not only feel like you’re right there in the room with Anna, you feel like you’re right in her head, looking into her soul. Deeply personal, so much so that you almost need to peak through your fingers, this is deliberate music that may be slow but that will move you to your core.

Apparently “Dead Pursuits” was written “during a low point of self-esteem for Savage as she grappled with imposter syndrome in the period following the success of her 2015 debut EP”. She had picked up esteemed fans in the shape of Father John Misty and Jenny Hval and accompanied them on tours, but felt misplaced and discombobulated. The results from Savage’s inner tensions, are appropriately taut, but undeniably beautiful, and Anna has done us proud on the song choice too. My interest piqued I await new material keenly, but in the meantime, I’m delighted to welcome to Velvet Sheep and introduce you to Anna B Savage!

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

“Dead Pursuits” was produced by William Doyle (formerly known as East India Youth). It’s epic like James Blake meets Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig In The Sky” and is accompanied by the savage pencil drawn animations of artist Carolina Aguirre who has captured the personal turmoil of Anna B Savage with allegorical efficacy…

Also from an upcoming new album, here’s another enlightening and earthy sonic slice from Savage – “Chelsea Hotel #3″…

For an artiste that clearly wears their heart on their sleeve, I was intrigued to find out what tune had been making Anna tick lately, so without further ado, here’s Anna B Savage’s “song for ewe”…

“I’ve been making monthly Spotify playlists for a couple of years, as a musical diary of sorts. I Shazam or add things that get played to me, or that I remember I haven’t listened to in ages. One such one for July’s playlist was ‘Homesickness’ by the Ethiopian musical prodigy (and nun), Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou which I first heard at school when a friend gave me some of the Éthiopiques albums to listen to.

I’m cat sitting at the moment, and I can’t work out the Sonos here so the only thing I seem to be able to play is my July Spotify playlist. This is the second track on it, I’ve been listening to it ever day, and I absolutely love it. It’s so delicate, warm and playful, and such a gorgeous recording to boot. I was scrolling Instagram this morning and coincidentally the excellent Amintaou Sow had posted about her, and linked to this article which lead me to listening to this podcast.

What an AWESOME (in the most literal sense) woman. So, all in all, the perfect day to ask me about an obscure song I’m listening to at the moment.”

THANKS TO ANNA AND TO FRANKIE DAVISON AT STEREO SANCTITY PR

Buy or stream “Dead Pursuits” by Anna B Savage here.

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Author: Nick Hutchings

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