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Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser

Alexandra Savior

Wed, January 18, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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Hamilton Leithauser
Hamilton Leithauser
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam wrote and recorded together between July 2014 and February 2016. In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musician’s individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamilton’s identity as a singer and Rostam’s as a producer seem to reach new heights.

“This was a record I’d been wanting to make for at least a decade” Rostam says, “As a fan of Hamilton’s voice in the Walkmen I’d been wanting to capture it in ways it hadn’t been captured before—to make songs with him that placed the crooner right beside the howler, the screamer beside the whisperer—to try to leave no stone unturned in terms of how we should approach the delivery of a song. And also to try to push his voice outside of any musical context it had lived in before.”

Says Leithauser, “Rostam’s one-man-band process is so fundamentally different from the way I’ve always written songs, and it’s very impressive. We had no idea what kind of music we were going to make—we actually didn't know we were working on an album at first—but unexpected things kept falling into place. We were writing and recording everything simultaneously—it was flat-out inspiring just to be there.”

Many of these songs seem to take place in a memory of New York’s past, or wading through the waist high waters in a half-submerged New York of the future. Yet what unites them is that they tell stories—I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album, a collection of songs yes, but also a collection of narratives. The Bride’s Dad faithfully recounts an unexpected (an probably uninvited) guest at a friend’s recent wedding; You Ain’t That Young Kid follows the wistful narrator through a night of lost love and transformed resolve.

From the doo-wop of When the Truth is… to the country pedal steel of The Morning Stars; from the piano and organ alchemy of the Band in A 1000 Times, to the Leonard Cohen-esque Spanish triplets of In a Black Out; the album harnesses the exploding musical styles of midcentury America—which, when melded with the warbled 1980’s analogue synthesizers of You Ain’t That Young Kid, the ultramodern sub bass of Sick as a Dog, the intimate falsetto of 1959, and the raucous bar-room chorus of Rough Going—sparks an entirely unexpected and innovative style.
Alexandra Savior
On her upcoming debut album Strange Portrait, Oregon-bred singer and songwriter Alexandra Savior grapples with questions of identity. With her first single "Mirage," Savior sings from the point of view of Anna-Marie Mirage, an alter ego who "paints her teardrops on" and "sings songs about whatever the fuck they want". Savior explores the gaps between her own identities through piercing lyrics that she delivers in a languid, world-weary voice and sets against a minimalist, noir-pop backdrop created with her collaborator, singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys, The Last Shadow Puppets), with whom she co-wrote nearly all of the songs; Turner produced the album with James Ford, who has worked with Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, and Florence and the Machine, among others. The lush late-'60s/early-'70s sound is the perfect backdrop for an affecting album that details the self-doubt that arises from being thrust into an industry where everyone seems perfect. "I think a lot of the album is about the social anxiety that's followed me throughout my life," she says. "The songs are me residing in that fantasy life where I am this perfect creature I'm supposed to be."
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