All photos: Farrah Skeiky, Joshua Feldman
Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore came on around 11 for their headlining set. I saw them open for Jukebox The Ghost back in June and was impressed with their melodic, atmospheric songs. Think Stars, with the same boy/girl vocals and sugary sweetness, but with added fuzz and danceability. This time around, a week after the release of their new album Our Nature, Savoir Adore retained their charm and effortlessly filled the room with their expansive sound. The vocal tradeoffs were as cute as those things should be, and the entire band did synchronized hand movements during “Loveliest Creature.” The gimmicks and conventions may be off-putting to some, but they felt appropriate given the serene, romantic mood. On a semi-related note, singer Deidre Muro looked stunning under the lush lighting and is my new favorite Manic Pixie Dream Girl (She also has a side project called Deidre and the Dark that’s worth checking out).
In terms of execution, there wasn’t a lot to criticize about Savoir Adore’s set. If anything, the songs began to sound samey after a while, with not much to distinguish each pleasant melody and saccharine climax. That’s not to say they weren’t well-crafted – any song from the set could be pulled out of a hat at random to appear on an indie movie soundtrack. But there was a distinct standout in “Dreamers,” which they played before their two-song encore. As the last BYT review of this band pointed out, “Dreamers” is a knockout punch of a song with captivating hooks and a chorus by Muro that tugs at the heartstrings. A few people in the front of the crowd were gently grooving throughout the set, but this song initiated half-sober dance moves usually reserved for your extended family at wedding receptions. While the drama would be lost if every song was as assertive as “Dreamers,” Saturday’s show proved that Savoir Adore are capable of not only setting the mood, but making us feel something as well.
Royal Canoe, a Canadian band in the second support slot, sonically had the most interesting stuff going on Saturday night. Without devising some multi-subgenre hybrid by which to define them, I’ll go as far as describing their sound as a mix of modern indie sensibilities and tangential bouts of proggy wandering. Synth grooves served as the backbone to most of their material, and things were spiced up with jagged time changes and growly octave-lowering vocal effects. Feeling a bit growly after my unguided walking tour of D Street, I found Royal Canoe to be engaging but definitely abrasive in a live setting. However, I will say that I checked out their latest EP after the show and thought it was a neat listen. When they keep the grooves memorable and toe the line of prog excess, there’s a nice Dirty Projectors-ish vibe to their sound.
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