It all started with a feeling of relief. Just after midnight on New Years Eve, Alexandra Savior, who was six months out of a rocky relationship and appreciating her independence, sat down and wrote the song that would become “Crying All the Time.” The melodic, heart-rending ballad, she says, “is about how it feels to be in a relationship with a person who’s disappointed in you,” but it’s also a clarion call announcing the arrival of her sophomore album, The Archer, out DATETK. The dreamy, melancholy song, the first single from The Archer, feels at once classic and contemporary; it’s a torch song for a new generation.
” There’s depression and there’s heartbreak Savior says of the album’s themes, which play out over 10 haunting tracks. “But each song represents a different emotional state. I tried to project some sort of strength; I wrote during a time when I was a young woman growing into my identity and developing my confidence, and I hope that comes through.”
Her message gets across loud and clear. Tracks like “Crying All the Time” and “Saving Grace” are big songs—ambitious and atmospheric—that put Savior’s ethereal voice and sharp writing on display. “It came from a place of anger,” she says of “Saving Grace,” the album’s writhing second single. “I had gone through a breakup and people kept telling me it was a saving grace, and I found it ironic because I was so heartbroken.” In some of the songs, Savior’s emotions unfold like thunderstorms and envelop everything going on around them. Other numbers, like “Soft Currents,” feel quiet and more intimate, like a whispered secret nobody was meant to hear.
And while Savior shoulders the responsibility for the lion’s shate of her output herself, writing her own songs, creating the artwork for her album’s cover, and even filming her own videos, The Archer was created with an indispensable set of collaborators who helped harness her vision. Its Savior’s first release on 30th Century Records, the label run by her friend and collaborator Danger Mouse, and was produced by Sam Cohen, who’s best known for his work with artists like Kevin Morby and Benjamin Booker. “It’s really a joy to work with someone who’s got such a strong sense of melody and of what she wants stylistically,” Cohen says. “It was amazing to go into her world of 1960s B-movie love stories; Alexandra had a vision that really spoke to me.”
Of course, he wasn’t the first to appreciate her talent. The Oregon native first gained industry attention in 2012 when she posted a cover of Angus Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” on YouTube. The playful, haunting performance landed her a legion of influential fans—she ended up songwriting with Linda Perry, who compared her to Fiona Apple—and put her on the road toward releasing her debut album, 2017’s Belladonna of Sadness, which was written in tandem with the Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner and produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford. Pitchfork praised the album, saying, “Savior has a penchant for clever wordplay and a voice that can hypnotize, terrorize, or both,” and the Guardian swooned for Savior’s “preternatural self-possession” and “crystalline, intimate voice.”
Still, with The Archer, Savior says, “I felt like I needed to establish my own voice and show my independence again.” A listen to the new album will prove that she’s done that, and then some. It’s not only the establishment of a voice, but a showcase for an extraordinary talent at the peak of her power. Next, she’ll accompany Mini Mansions on a U.S. tour, and she’s already at work writing songs for what will be her next release. For more information, visit alexandrasavior.com.
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“Alexandra Savior has a penchant for clever wordplay and a voice that can hypnotize, terrorize, or both in four measure or less.”
“Her ability to create something evocative, sedating and sultry, all the same time is uncanny”
“It’s a sound that should catch on in a hurry with fans of Lana Del Ray, Dead Man’s Bones, Zella Day and similar artists with a retro flair.”
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“Portland’s mystery girl (VICE)’ may no longer be a kept secret but Alexandra Savior can never be fully figured out. With her latest single “Saving Grace,” she also releases a cinematic noir film directed by Joseph Bird (Blonde Redhead) — complete with a motorcycle ride through the desert and Savior’s signature stare piercing the lens outside a drive-thru chapel — to accompany the already sweeping track. Savior painted the single artwork herself, and it showcases that see-right-through-you Mona Lisa smile that we see in the video.
Describing the video in her own words, Savior says:
“This video was made with intuition… We went to Vegas to capture the lights and the energy of this specific representation of America. I think the character is in a contemplative state where she is fantasizing rather than living, which is the expectation of Vegas for most of us.”
“Singer Alexandra Savior’s authenticity and originality shines through on her new single “Saving Grace”… Savior has a unique voice that veers away from the cookie cutter pop that is dominating the mainstream right now.”
This new single is the second release from her forthcoming sophomore album, The Archer, which was produced by Sam Cohen, often known as a fan of collaboration, most recently teaming up with Kevin Morby for his Oh My God album. On working with Savior, Cohen says, “It’s really a joy to work with someone who’s got such a strong sense of melody and also such a strong sense of what she wants stylistically.”
Savior’s debut record, Belladonna of Sadness, was written in collaboration with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys and NME says, “Savior continues to build on that bold arrival and is becoming a star in her own right.” Her new album shows that not only does her voice stand alone, but that her musicality stands alone, too.
A special live performance on November 19 at The Bootleg in Los Angeles was also announced today, and fans can hear the “striking and smoky vocals [that] belong solely to Savior (NME)” and these new picturesque melodies live. For more information, head to Alexandra Savior’s website:alexandrasavior.com.