An album of warm bubbling joy – synth-pop glittered with hints of Fleetwood Mac and MGMT.
Originally a Brooklyn-based duo, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro met at New York University. Muro left the band in 2014, leaving Hammer to work on Savoir Adore as a solo project.
Hammer tells Axs.com, ‘I wanted to be honest about the change in the band’s lineup and not avoid talking about it […] the band was always an experiment from the beginning, and always trying lots of weird stuff, so the project has always been an evolving one’
With ‘The Love That Remains’, Hammer sought another female vocalist, Laura Zettler, and achieved the same mesmerising effect and success of his previous pieces with Muro.
Having first formed in 2009, Savoir Adore is still in its energetic infancy. They’ve released 2 albums and 2 EPs prior to this, with positive reception from the pop rock community. This third release is fearless; the lyrics are uplifting and deals head on with love and loss.
Lyrics such as ‘we’ll find our way through these bad dreams’ in ‘Mountain (Love Won’t Burn My Heart)’ show how love conquers all. The swirling aquatic tone in ‘Heaven’ embeds the dizzying heights of love. Lyrics like ‘In the night, in the darkest of dark, we shine bright’ empower the kind of love worth fighting for.
For fans of The Naked & Famous and M83, the lullaby-like rhythms in tracks like ‘Beautiful Silence’ help capture the healing nature of a relationship.
Hammer embeds some more upbeat tracks like ‘Paradise Gold’ and ‘Devotion’, which helps add some more fizz to this full-length album, reminiscent of his earlier works. The heavy guitar chords in ‘Crowded Streets’ helps to solidify the album.
Overall, the raw emotions punctuated in ‘The Love that Remains’ last consistently throughout the full-length album. It’s an ambitious project for Hammer but manages to masterfully crystalises its teenage fantasies through its harmonious and concordant melodies, whilst still remaining rather unique.
‘The Love That Remains’ is out now via Nettwerk Productions.