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Savages' Jehnny Beth on new album Adore Life

Pip Williams, Coup De Main, 23 January 2016

Savages blazed into the post-punk scene in 2011, releasing the distinctive and menacing debut album Silence Yourself less than two years later. As we begin 2016, their sophomore release Adore Life looms closer than ever. Themes of love mesh with anxiety, frustration, and taught guitars. Though complex, the listen remains as rewarding as ever.

Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth speaks with a frankness and intellect that is at once disarming as it is engaging. Her incisive thoughts reflect the steely presence the singer brings to live shows, but she is nowhere near as intimidating to talk to as her performance would have you believe. Throughout our chat, she demonstrates a heightened awareness of just how ridiculous the world Adore Life will be born into is, and how that's reflected throughout the album's various narrative threads.

"… this raised fist, is a way to say, yes, adore life, but it doesn't come easy, necessarily."

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