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Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2020 | 30th Century Records

“This girl is going to be huge!” When Courtney Love first said this about Alexandra Savior way back in 2012, the statement didn’t really make many waves. Yet over the years and after every successive release, she has begun to establish her presence on the scene, especially when, after appearing on The Last Shadow Puppets’ album Everything You’ve Come To Expect (she is Alex Turner’s protégé), she released her first opus in 2017 entitled Belladonna of Sadness, which was actually recorded between 2014 and 2015. The American singer from Portland was quickly labelled as a darker version of Lana Del Rey. Her second album, The Archer, released in early 2020, further underlines their differences. Releasing the album on 30th Century Records, Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse's record label and with Sam Cohen on production (the experimental brain behind Kevin Morby’s latest work), the operative word to describe this newer work remains dark. It’s certainly mesmerising (that voice!), but never depressing. The Archer’s cinematographic pop is reinforced by a core of bass, sometimes cold wave, Gainsbourg-esque even. Artistically similar to Hope Sandoval, Aldous Harding, Fiona Apple, Jessica Pratt and of course Lana Del Rey, she has a tendency towards vintage textures, especially those from the 60s (Can’t Help Myself). The melancholy of her pop is never artificial, and her songwriting has also matured well, the compositions of this second album going up a notch. She may not be huge just yet, but she’s certainly getting there! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 7, 2017 | Columbia

It’s nice when it becomes quite apparent that an artist is so enamored by the imaginative weight of their own music that rather than just delivering a collection of strong, decent songs that are good to listen to, they serve up a whole other dimension of stories, emotions, and characters to explore them with. That's essentially a description of a concept album, but with the long-awaited full-length debut from Portland’s Alexandra Savior, Belladonna of Sadness translates more effectively as photographs in an art book rather than a meticulous novel. Which is a good thing; it’s not to say that the latter is outside of her abilities -- far from it. The record opens with "Mirage," a perfect example of Savior's imagination, style, tone, and mood throughout. Lyrically focused on the alter-ego character of Anna-Marie Mirage -- a fiercely independent performer whose love for singing seems to have been blurred by a contempt and/or tolerance for the emotionally devoid capitalization of art: "I sing songs, about whatever the fuck they want. I’m so blue, Anna-Marie Mirage, painting my tear drops on" punches through buzzy, desert rock-esque guitars, glam-infused percussion, and darkly, romantic keys. While the album’s sound may certainly feel nostalgic, it’s never an obvious imitation, ultimately resulting in an homage to the vast plethora of Savior's influences. "Girlie" boasts languid percussion, resonant glockenspiels, and celestial keys that bring to mind something like "Highschool Lover" by Air. It also has pleasant surprises: the woozy, swampy "M.T.M.E. (Music to My Ears)" consists of galloping percussion, resonant organ keys, and reverberated guitar riffs that swim around her sultry vocals when all of a sudden, halfway through, she unexpectedly delivers a perfectly chilling, blood-curdling scream that gives way to a brilliantly sparse bridge section. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if she became one of the latest bearers of the neo-torch song alongside other visionary songwriters such as Chrysta Bell, Lykke Li, and Lana Del Rey. Such a comparison is accurately exemplified in album-closer "Mystery Girl," a case in point of a torch song in the 2010s with dusky undertones of decades past. As with the rest of the album, Savior's vocals purr with an inquisitive nature and bold recklessness. Her vocals and the song’s echoing psychedelic strings and guitars gradually mesh together into a wonderful cacophony of noise, building toward a magnificently executed crescendo for the album’s curtain call. With some of the album co-written with Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, Savior's sound and imagination have been effectively realized and captured here in a magnetic collection of songs with an almost Lynch-ian/Coppola-esque cinematic feel to them. An impressive debut from a very promising songwriter, hopefully with more to come. ~ Rob Wacey
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2019 | 30th Century Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 22, 2019 | 30th Century Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2019 | 30th Century Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 25, 2019 | 30th Century Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2016 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 8, 2016 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2017 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2016 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 10, 2017 | Columbia

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