Singers Soundoff: Alexandra Savior

Contact: Leigh Greaney
leigh@bighassle.com
Website: alexandrasavior.com

Singer-songwriter Alexandra Savior hails from Portland, OR, and debuted nationally in 2017 on Columbia
Records with the album, Belladonna of Sadness. Her mesmerizing delivery and dreamy songs laid the groundwork for a unique sound mixed with melancholy and personal reflection. Her sophomore release, The Archer (on Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records label) is an eerie and somewhat surreal tapestry of material. NME states “This is a timeless collection.”

Description of Her Sound
That’s a hard question. It’s just me. I usually say my music sounds like the ‘60s when UBER drivers ask me that question.

Influences
I’m really inspired by female artists who have life stories that interest me. Artists like Karen Dalton and Sibylle Baier; they have stories where they were never recognized until they died.

About The New Album The Archer
I feel more established as a person on this album. And I think it embodies how I feel about myself. I think this portrays more who I am than the past work did.

Her Distinct Vocal Style
I think it evolves over time, from when I write a song to touring a song. The vocal treatment I give it changes quite a lot. I think to tour, in particular, changes the way you sing songs because you have to sing much louder than when you record them. I have techniques to maintain some consistency with the songs when I’m singing them live.

Vocal Warm-ups
When I was a teenager I took singing lessons. I gathered some warm-ups to breathe from the diaphragm. I also sing “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ella Fitzgerald in the venue before I go on stage. It has a wide range and helps loosen up my vocals.

Songwriting Inspiration
Generally, what I’m going through in my life. I think that’s changing now as I mature. A lot of my writing has been about manipulation and power dynamics from the perspective of a young girl or woman. Now I’m writing about trying to find happiness in life.

Supporting Vocal Health
I drink a lot of tea, with hot water and lemon. The hardest part is when it’s your project and you have to host people at a lot of your shows. You have to talk a lot and do interviews. You need to refrain from talking, but you’re screaming over some loud house music telling everyone “thanks for coming!”

Stage Highlight and Mishap
I felt pretty good playing a show last week in LA at the Pico Union Project. I was in this big synagogue and it sounded so good in there because it was a place built for music. A low point is when people heckle you. They think it’s funny, but it destroys me when people yell stuff out and try to have conversations with me on stage. I think some people don’t even understand that you can hear them. They think they’re watching a screen or something.

Working In The Studio
I just like to capture the right emotion when I’m recording. As long as I feel good about it, even if it isn’t technically the perfect take, that’s usually what I try to access.

 

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