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Savants celebrate 7" release party tomorrow at Cape House

Brooklyn's Savants is the living proof that it is possible to play a slacking variety of rock'n'roll without sounding like Pavement or Dinosaur Jr. - hurrah! We are particularly fond of the quartet's recent single 'Sneak E. Gardner' (streaming below), part of a split 7" with Californian label mates Tomorrow Tulips. The track's minimalist approach and rustic production conjure up an atmonsphere that's at once intense and playful, but always extremely musical. Savant will be celebrating the release of a new 7" tomorrow (April 26th) at Cape House, with other deserving locals Sam Kogon and Toyzanne, and Philadelphia's Needle  Points

Go retro with Savants at Alphaville on 5.12

Sometimes that 'play' button is nothing short than a time machine, and as far as Brooklyn four piece Savants are concerned, one that invariably takes you back to the late '60s. With a heavier focus on organ riffs and keys as opposed to the guitar-centric psych rock that’s surfaced recently, it’s not difficult to draw comparisons to classic psych bands like The Doors. No song is clearer proof of this than “Death Rattle & Roll” (streaming below), which opens with pithy 'legato' Hammond chords a la' Ray Manzarek and is followed closely by echoing electric guitars. The vocals, which sound washed out and muted, interlace between all the instruments with an appropriate lo-fi, bluesy feel. You can catch Savants live at Alphaville on May 12, or at Baby's All Right on May 26th.


Found in our NYC submissions: Savants play Music Hall of W'Burg on 11.24

We are not sure how Brooklyn quartet Savants managed to land a gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 24, since - from the numbers we gather from their Facebook and Soundcloud profiles - it looks like they might have trouble filling that huge room. What we know, though, is that, at least musically, the guys totally deserve to play that venue. We are especially fond of their debut limited cassette 's opener "Think!" (streaming), which sounds like our beloved musical hero Syd Barrett fronting - dunno - a lo-fi version of The Kinks? The rest of the album is full of psychedelic slacker-style sketches, in perfect early Weezer style, but just a little more sober. Interesting ideas and melodies emerge from every single song, from the Lou Reed-esque "Something (Part 1)" to the laid back and bizarre "Us," where the slightly out of tune, gliding vocals add character to the track rather than detracting from it.

This band submitted their music for coverage here.
We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Psych Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!


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