Savoir Adore: Adorable and Poignant

Savoir Adore are Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer.  They compose and perform ineffably whimsical fantasy pop.  They began as the result of a dare that had them leave Brooklyn...

Savoir Adore are Deidre Muro and Paul Hammer.  They compose and perform ineffably whimsical fantasy pop.  They began as the result of a dare that had them leave Brooklyn for the country to record for 48 hours with no acoustic guitars.  They’ve been sorts of indie darlings ever since.  Their latest, Our Nature, dropped earlier this week on Red Eye/Popular Recordings.  It would seem to be a jazzy digitalization of the hippest pop of the 60s and 80s.  They will be performing at the newly re-opened Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus in Northern Liberties this Friday, October 19th.  I recently got a chance to chat with Deidre about all the reasons you should be there and just what you should expect.



Izzy Cihak: What are your biggest influences?  It would seem as though a lot of them are outside the realm of music.

Deidre Muro: Aside from all the music we’ve ever been raised on (which has been quite a variety between the two of us – from classical training to blues to jazz, all decades, etc., etc., etc.), we are incredibly influenced by nature, science, and the human imagination.

IC: How would you characterize Our Nature, compared to your previous releases?

DM: We like to change things up constantly in our creative process, so we spent a lot more time writing and producing the songs on Our Nature, which sharply contrasts from our impulsive experiments on our previous recordings.  This definitely affects the character of the recordings, and these have turned out a bit more sculpted, polished, and hi-fi.

IC: How would you characterize your live show?  What does it draw inspiration from and what can fans expect of your upcoming dates?

DM: Amorphous – Over the last 5 years, our live band has ranged from 5 people to 2 people and everything in between; we’ve played completely acoustic shows and we’ve added sampled elements; certain songs cycle in and out of our setlists.  In the same nature of our recording process, we like to experiment a lot.  We’re most inspired by other performances we see, from other bands to theater to Disneyworld.  We are in the process of making quite a few drastic changes to our live set (literally, right now Paul is working in Ableton next to me), so you will see!

IC: Is there a kind of live setting you think is best suited for your sound and performance?  Your upcoming dates have you in a wide variety of settings, from punk clubs to art galleries and even a jazz lounge, which you’re playing here in Philadelphia.

DM: I think a good sound system is pretty essential to our ideal performance, but we can usually make anything work.  Dark, vibey stages with standing room only are really the best environments for us to lure audiences into our world.

IC: What are your plans for after your tour wraps at the end of October?

DM: We’ll be back in New York, working on some more music videos, working on other recording projects, and planning more tour dates.  And then we’ll start our next record.


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During the day Izzy Cihak teaches transgression, subversion, and revolution at Temple University. At night he haunts Philthy's best venues to cover worthwhile acts for Philthy Mag. Morrissey is everything to him and, in their own heads, all of his friends see themselves as Zooey Deschanel.