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Review: Saint Saviour, “In the Seams”

No Comments 30 November 2014

Review: Saint Saviour, “In the Seams”

“The depth and defenselessness of the lyrics and vocals are what sets this record apart from its predecessor and stands out among a crowded singer-songwriter scene. Saint Saviour is wide open on In the Seams, and it’s a lovely thing to behold.”

Artist: Saint Saviour

Album: In the Seams

Genre: Folk Pop

RIYL: Regina Spektor, Feist, Cat Power, Lykke Li

Saint Saviour In the Seams

Saint Saviour’s new album, In the Seams, starts out quietly with the haunting and heartfelt “Intro/Sorry” that establishes the artistic intent very quickly. Those already familiar with the British singer’s previous work will be taken aback by the difference between her first album, Union, and this latest effort. But as indulgently pop-oriented as her previous album may have been, In the Seams is equally stripped-back and soulful. This is what artistic growth sounds like.

Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, teamed up with producer/guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones to craft the arrangements and accompanying instrumentation on In the Seams. The result of this partnership is a collection of 12 songs that expand and contract with every breath and move like liquid through gorgeously vulnerable vocal work. “Let It Go” and “I Remember” are the lead singles for the record, and they showcase the magic in the partnership between these two artists.

But it’s tracks like the stunningly emotional “Nobody Died” that highlight just how far Saint Saviour is taking her commitment to her new songwriting direction. She is exposed, literally and figuratively, in such a way that can only be celebrated. The delicate guitar and vocal work on “Intravenous” are also a highlight of the record, a melancholy lullaby that is moving and mesmerizing. “Sad Kid” (those lovely strings) and the slightly lighter touch that brings “Devotion” to life show yet another dimension, however subtle, to what she is able to bring to the table as a writer.

This new direction that Saint Saviour is traveling toward with In the Seams is satisfyingly susceptible from a songwriting standpoint, but there is a strength and sturdiness that pervades the performances. The depth and defenselessness of the lyrics and vocals are what sets this record apart from its predecessor and stands out among a crowded singer-songwriter scene. Saint Saviour is wide open on In the Seams, and it’s a lovely thing to behold.


Saint Saviour website: http://saintsaviour.co.uk/

 

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