After leaving crowds completely enamored and swooning for more at SXSW last month, today, Portland native, Alexandra Savior releases her highly-anticipated debut album, Belladonna of Sadness viaColumbia Records.
The album features eleven blissfully cinematic tracks, steeped in retro vibes and dusted with darkness and sensuality. An artist in every sense of the word, not only does Ms. Savior write music and perform live; she also paints her own artwork and writes, directs and edits her own music videos. Belladonna of Sadness was co-written by Alexandra and British rock front man Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets) and co-produced by James Ford (Haim/Florence and the Machine) and Alex Turner.
With a voice that channels the ghosts of smoky fifties jazz haunts, lucid and literary lyricism worthy of J.D. Salinger, and wondrous youth-in-revolt abandon, Alexandra Savior will tell you she makes, “Sassy impolite spaghetti western music.”
The singer-songwriter first made her mark last summer, following the release of debut single “Shades,” which left Noisey “completely hooked” on the 21-year old singer/songwriter. “It’s about knowing you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be and reveling in it,” she explains.
In addition to “Shades,” Belladonna of Sadness features other previously released songs, “M.T.M.E.,” “Mystery Girl,” and official first single “Mirage,” which is “about being in the grasp of the record industry and society’s portrayal of women.” Also included on the album, “Vanishing Point,” a hauntingly beautiful song that Idolator called “the best showcase yet of her evocative, widescreen sound and scene-setting lyrics.” For Alexandra Savior, it all boils down to one pervasive theme that people can take away. “Vengeance,” she exclaims. “There are songs about sadness and love in there. There’s also a big Fuck You.”
Alexandra’s unique sound and style first caught the attention of several creative forces including T. Bone Burnett who placed her song, "Risk," in the most recent season of HBO’s cult series, “True Detective.” Critically lauded live performances followed in both New York and Los Angeles, leaving audiences clamoring to hear and know more about this beautiful mystery girl. Rather than immediately satiate their curiosity, Alexandra decided to let the music do the talking, envisioning characters like “Girlie” and “Frankie” who mirrored the wonderfully vapid Los Angeles landscape around her as she recorded in the “haunted” VOX Studios.
“I stay a bit stoic with my personal emotions,” she admits. “I portrayed things I was going through, but I didn’t say them out loud. I made the record when I first moved to L.A. I was observing a world I’d only heard about—but it was true. I felt like I had to figure out who I was in a year, and I wrote about that struggle. I created a fantasy.”
With nods from top-tier publications including The FADER, Pigeons & Planes, NME, The Times, Stereogum, PASTE Magazine, V Magazine and many more, plus live appearances confirmed across the U.S and Europe this spring and summer, Ms. Savior is certain to be on everyone’s radar for 2017. Be sure to catch her bewitching live act at Boston Calling (tickets) and Primavera Sound in Spain (tickets). Alexandra is also excited to return to Europe this Spring, with performances lined up in Paris, Berlin and 2 dates in London. After her first London date sold out , a second one has been announced for May 30th, 2017 at Scala. For a full list of live dates, please visit alexandrasavior.com/tour
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