In the early hours of Saturday morning I wandered home alone in an alcohol tinged daydream, left my front door to swing shut behind me and watched the needle fall down onto Alexandra Savior's debut Album.
Belladonna of Sadness is a crystalline sigh, saved up for late nights and late afternoons, summers whiled away in a melancholy haze. With haunting silver melodies Savior captivates you, wraps you up in sultry sweet tones and leaves you lost in the desert at dusk.
Having been co-written with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys several songs, such as Bones and M.T.M.E, sound as though they could sit quite sweetly tucked between the tracks of Humbug. However to simply compare Savior's subtle sound to anyone else would be a waste of time as she has already described it perfectly herself. To listen to Alexandra Savior is to be "in the middle of the desert, and being abducted...". She describes, "a bar with nobody in it, a dark red light in the corner, with a woman crooning in a long black dress." Savior is the woman in the long black dress, casting elegant silhouettes on the wall of indie electronic music.
The album explores themes of betrayal, heartache and yearning, emotions spelled out through unpredictable arrangements. A juxtaposition of seemingly sordid lyrics, tales of cheating, delicately drawn out and harmonized over music box melodies.
'Til Your Mine melts in your mouth; Vanishing Point lingers on your mind long after she leaves you behind; and Mystery Girl squeezes your hand tight at the back of an empty cinema, as the final confrontation flashes across a broken screen.
The album was released by Columbia Records on April 7th and is to be followed by a small tour with two London dates. (Oslo April 26th and Scala May 30th)