Savages–Flying to Berlin

Savages are releasing their sophomore effort this week, but it all began for them with this slinky stunner.  It’s a slightly less intense band than would appear on debut Silence Yourself, but it still left quite a mark.  Beginning with a literal plane sound effect á la Back in the USSR, then kicking in with a bass line straight off a Jim Carroll record, it’s a far cry from the sound the band would come to be known for.  But once singer Jehnny Beth enters the track, with her growing affectation, it’s clear the song is headed somewhere unexpected.   Within the space of a minute, it’s cracked open, offering a confident, gnarly riff before relaxing again to a panicked hush.  “Not yet high/not yet too low,” croons Beth, seemingly describing the song’s bipolar trajectory, as the band lock into a groove that rides out the song.  By the end, they’ve contributed a blazing shot in the arm to the post punk revival.

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