Savage by name, not really savage by nature. Last week’s issue of NME, if you saw it, contained a rather brilliant feature about some new-ish musicians from Canada. We’re talking Doldrums, were talking Dirty Beaches, and yes – we’re talking Sean Nicholas Savage.
He’s released nine albums on Arbutus (making him labelmates with Grimes, among others), and his latest one ‘Flamingo’ has barely left my iPod for weeks now. I particularly like the opening track, ‘Days Go By’, in which his voice sounds ever so slightly like David McAlmont. Then there’s ‘Catch The Quick Fish’, in which he brings to mind Rodriguez (of Searching for Sugar Man fame).
“Savage is lyrically uncertain about everything,” the press blurb says. It doesn’t matter though – he’s totally eclectic so it makes perfect sense that his music is so assorted.
He’s also playing in London tonight, at the Shacklewell Arms (free show). I shall report back in the mag in a couple of weeks time.