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Video of the Moment #2287: Josh Savage

By on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 at 6:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Josh Savage has just unveiled a strikingly beautiful promo video for his new single ‘Whisper in the Snow’. Unable to travel to find appropriate weather for their vision of the promo, director Siobhan Cox and crew had to wait and hope for snow in the UK for the filming. They finally ended up on Pen Y Fan in Wales, where they were able to create a simple yet remarkably appropriate visual representation for the lyrical and musical intent of Savage’s composition. The video finds Savage alone on a snowy mountain side, where the falling flakes of snow and the bright winter sunlight combine to create moments of blinding haze, along with moments of stark clarity.

The musical arrangement of ‘Whisper in the Snow’ has a similar effect. Savage joins voices with 17-year-old newcomer Alice Pearl, underpinning her ethereally fragile soprano with the lean dexterity of his own lithe baritone. Their voices are equal in prominence, but never competing, in the song’s poignant refrain, “I cannot believe I let you go / like a whisper in the snow”. The counterpoint between the voices is particularly effective in the second verse lines “you’ve always been impulsive / running wild or running blind”. I’m not sure if this is due to Savage’s clever partwriting or his flawless vocal delivery of the lower harmony, but I suspect it’s probably a combination of the two.

The song’s echoing electric guitar backdrop reminds me very strongly of similar arrangements on Ben Howard’s stunning 2014 album ‘I Forget Where We Were’, but Savage’s work here doesn’t aspire to that kind of broad sonic evolution. One of the singular beauties in Savage’s songwriting is that he is able to capture discrete moments of exquisite emotion in smaller, more concise song forms. He allows the haunting guitar riff ‘Whisper in the Snow’ to stand on its own without transformation, elegantly expressing the austere brilliance of the song’s wintry thematic setting.

Josh Savage is currently on tour, performing a series of living room and small venue shows throughout Europe; you can find a full listing of upcoming dates on his official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Josh Savage is collected back here.



Live Gig Video: Josh Savage performs ‘Quatre Épines’ at Sofar Sounds London session

By on Wednesday, 14th September 2016 at 4:00 pm

Not sure why it took 10 months for this live gig video to appear, but we’re not (too) sore about it. Paris via Winchester singer/songwriter Josh Savage, who we’ve featured quite a bit here on TGTF, played a sold-out show last night at the Islington, so it’s great timing for this video to have surfaced. Back in November 2015, we hosted the exclusive stream of ‘Quatre Épines’, Savage’s then new EP.

Around the same time and in a much larger room than when I saw him perform in Manchester in April 2014 as part of another Sofar Sounds showcase, watch as Savage and his backing band hold the entire audience rapt in attention in performance of the EP’s title track. Catch the performance below. For more on Josh Savage on TGTF, follow this link.



Video of the Moment #2035: Josh Savage

By on Sunday, 6th March 2016 at 10:00 am

Winchester / Paris singer/songwriter Josh Savage has a really gorgeous new video out now for ‘Bella’. It’s the now Londoner’s latest single, which was released last month. In it, light, dark, and shadows are played with and to great effect, a nice reflection of the smoky qualities of the track. Watch the video for the latest from Josh Savage below; for TGTF’s past coverage on the songwriter, go here.



(TGTF Exclusive!) Album Stream: Quatre Épines EP

By on Monday, 30th November 2015 at 11:00 am

I was introduced to Winchester / Paris singer/songwriter Josh Savage at a Sofar Sounds Manchester show in April 2014. I was totally wowed by his performance and I still stand by my then pronouncement that he’ll be the next Ben Howard. I’m really pleased that this Monday after Thanksgiving, we are able to give you a TGTF exclusive first album stream of his upcoming new EP ‘Quatre Épines’, which will be self-released next Monday, the 7th of December. This will be Josh Savage’s third self-released extended player, and to celebrate the release, he’ll be having his biggest hometown show at Winchester Guildhall on the 11th of December.

But you might be wondering what effect his Paris upbringing might have on the new EP, yes? For those of you who are new to Josh’s music, some really interesting – and important – facts about him are that he is bilingual and sometimes writes and sings in French, and ‘Le Petit Prince’ was his favorite book when growing up in France, and the book served as the main inspiration for this new release. This new collection of four songs brilliantly emphasises his unique talent in writing beautiful songs in French, taking full advantage of what is arguably the most romantic language in the world and creating some truly rich-sounding, gorgeous tracks perfect to have in your ears this holiday season. Have a listen to the full EP below exclusively here on TGTF below, and if you like what you hear, you can preorder the EP from his Bandcamp.


SXSW 2015: Thursday afternoon at the BBC barbecue, British Music at SXSW showcase and the historic Driskill Hotel – 19th March 2015

By on Tuesday, 7th April 2015 at 12:00 pm

After the delightful Lost in Austin brunch on Thursday morning, I made my way back across the Colorado River and into downtown Austin. I had just enough time to grab a cup of coffee and jot down my thoughts before I received a text message from editor Mary, who wanted me to stop in and join her at the Old School Bar and Grill for the BBC barbecue. Mary has already covered the event in full, but I was lucky enough during my brief stop to catch a set by Laura Marling, including songs from her newest album release ‘Short Movie’, which TGTF previewed back in December.

While Marling did her preliminary soundcheck on the Old School Bar and Grill stage, I took the opportunity to scout out the room for good photo angles. I was testing the settings on my camera when another photographer made a comment to me about how beautiful Marling’s guitar collection was. I agreed, and thus found myself in an informative conversation with SXSW 2015 staff photographer Ziv Kruger about shooting effective photos at SXSW shows. Kruger took a quick look at my camera and gave me a few useful tips, which I immediately put to use in photographing Marling and her band. (If you’re interested in seeing more of my photos of the set, check them out on my Flickr.)

Laura Marling at BBC BBQ 19 March 2015

Laura Marling at BBC BBQ 19 March 2015

After Marling played, the BBC barbecue started to wind down, and I headed over to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 to catch The Twilight Sad, with whom I’d had a nice chat earlier in the week. I arrived at Latitude 30 in time to hear the end of a set by fellow Scottish band Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire, whose six-piece band set up was a tight fit for the British Music Embassy stage.

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire 19 March 2015

Despite the close quarters, Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire impressed me with the size of their anthemic rock melodies, and I made a mental note to listen to them again after returning home from my trip to Austin. Their single ‘Bright Light Fever’ earned the band a week-long residency on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show in America early last year, and it was a hit at the British Music Embassy in Austin as well.


The Twilight Sad were the final act on the afternoon’s British Music at SXSW showcase, and as frontman James Graham had promised in our earlier interview, their set was heavy on tracks from the band’s latest LP ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’. They opened with two tracks featured previously here on TGTF, ‘There’s a Girl in the Corner’ and ‘Last January’ before touching on ‘I Became a Prostitute’ from 2009 album ‘Forget the Night Ahead’ and closing their set with the epic sound of ‘And She Would Darken the Memory’ from their 2007 debut ‘Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters’. Though their set here was effective, it did feel quite short and left me wishing for more. Fans of The Twilight Sad will no doubt relish the opportunity to hear longer and more expansive set lists on the band’s upcoming UK tour; find those live dates here.

The Twilight Sad at British Music Embassy 19 March 2015

The British Music Embassy cleared out after The Twilight Sad finished playing, and I had enough time between engagements to meet Mary for a quick dinner before I headed to the historic Driskill Hotel to see singer/songwriter Josh Savage. Mary had recommended Savage to me after seeing him herself at a Sofar Sounds show in Manchester last year, and I’d had his latest EP ‘Spaces’ on repeat in my car during the long road trip to Austin, so I was especially excited to see his only official SXSW showcase on this night.

Josh Savage at the Driskill Hotel 19 March 2015

The Victorian Room at the Driskill was a perfect venue to showcase Savage’s elegant and refined songwriting. While the space might have been intended for standing room only, we in the audience chose to seat ourselves either in the few available chairs or on the floor in front of the stage. The room was very comfortable with good viewpoints all around, and Savage took advantage of the intimate space by telling a few sentimental stories to go along with his tunes and even stepping down off the stage to be closer to his audience.

He further drew us under his spell by asking for our harmonic participation in the chorus of his enchanting ballad ‘Lost in Paris’, and by the end of the set I found myself completely smitten by his graceful songcraft. I was able to sit down with Savage for a brief interview outside the Victorian Room after his show; you can listen to his soft-spoken commentary right here.

Josh Savage at Driskill Hotel 19 March 2015

I had to cut my conversation with Savage shorter than I would have liked so that I could rush back to Latitude 30 to follow up on Dry the River, with whom I had become become acquainted earlier in the week. Stay tuned to TGTF for more coverage of my Thursday night adventures, including Dry the River’s showcase at the British Music Embassy.


SXSW 2015 Interview: Josh Savage

By on Friday, 3rd April 2015 at 5:00 pm

Thursday night at SXSW 2015 took me to a venue I hadn’t visited before, the Victorian Room at the historic Driskill Hotel, where I saw singer/songwriter Josh Savage after editor Mary’s enthusiastic recommendation from seeing him at a Sofar Sounds Manchester show in April 2014. Once again, Mary’s instinct was spot on, as Savage’s subtle and intricate songwriting style was perfectly suited both to my musical taste and to the delicate, intimate space of the room he played that evening.

After Savage captivated the small but attentive audience inside the Victorian Room with his understated songs and charismatically modest stage demeanour, he and I stepped outside for a very brief interview, which you can find streaming below. We chatted about his current EP ‘Spaces’, in particular the enchanting track ‘Lost In Paris’ that has quickly become a favourite of mine. During the show Savage had further charmed me by deftly persuading his listeners, who had been respectfully silent up to that point, to sing a lovely harmonisation of the song’s “ooh la la” chorus, demonstrating a level of skill and stage experience belied by his self-effacing manner.

Savage is currently honing that experience on his entirely self-reliant North American tour, which will include shows along the East Coast and in Canada through the first week in May. After his trip across the pond, Savage will play summer festivals in the UK before looking ahead to more potential live dates this autumn.

I was delighted to hear that Savage’s musical ties to French chanson and his thematic ties to French literature will continue later this year in the form of a French language EP titled ‘Quatre Épines’, which will feature songs inspired by the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story ‘The Little Prince’. If you’re interested in a sneak preview, the exquisite title track from ‘Quatre Épines’ is streaming on Savage’s Soundcloud, along with all five tracks from ‘Spaces’. Previous TGTF coverage of Josh Savage is right this way.


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