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      February 18, 2020

      Tuesday   6:30 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      Alexandra Savior

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      It all started with a feeling of relief. Just after midnight on New Years Eve, Alexandra Savior, who wassix months out of a rocky relationship and appreciating her independence, sat down and wrote thesong that would become Crying All the Time. The melodic, heart-rending ballad, she says, is abouthow it feels to be in a relationship with a person whos disappointed in you, but its also a clarion callannouncing the arrival of her sophomore album, The Archer, out DATETK. The dreamy, melancholysong, the first single from The Archer, feels at once classic and contemporary; its a torch song for anew generation.Theres depression and theres heartbreak, Savior says of the albums themes, which play out over10 haunting tracks. But each song represents a different emotional state. I tried to project some sort ofstrength; I wrote during a time when I was a young woman growing into my identity and developing myconfidence, and I hope that comes through.Her message gets across loud and clear. Tracks like Crying All the Time and Saving Grace are bigsongsambitious and atmosphericthat put Saviors ethereal voice and sharp writing on display. Itcame from a place of anger, she says of Saving Grace, the albums writhing second single. I hadgone through a breakup and people kept telling me it was a saving grace, and I found it ironic becauseI was so heartbroken. In some of the songs, Saviors emotions unfold like thunderstorms and envelopeverything going on around them. Other numbers, like Soft Currents, feel quiet and more intimate, likea whispered secret nobody was meant to hear.And while Savior shoulders the responsibility for the lions share of her output herself, writing her ownsongs, creating the artwork for her albums cover, and even filming her own videos, The Archer wascreated with an indispensable set of collaborators who helped harness her vision. Its Saviors firstrelease on 30th Century Records, the label run by her friend and collaborator Danger Mouse, and wasproduced by Sam Cohen, whos best known for his work with artists like Kevin Morby and BenjaminBooker. Its really a joy to work with someone whos got such a strong sense of melody and of whatshe wants stylistically, Cohen says. It was amazing to go into her world of 1960s B-movie lovestories; Alexandra had a vision that really spoke to me.Of course, he wasnt the first to appreciate her talent. The Oregon native first gained industry attentionin 2012 when she posted a cover of Angus Stones Big Jet Plane on YouTube. The playful, hauntingperformance landed her a legion of influential fansshe ended up songwriting with Linda Perry, whocompared her to Fiona Appleand put her on the road toward releasing her debut album, 2017sBelladonna of Sadness, which was written in tandem with the Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner andproduced by Simian Mobile Discos James Ford. Pitchfork praised the album, saying, Savior has apenchant for clever wordplay and a voice that can hypnotize, terrorize, or both, and the Guardianswooned for Saviors preternatural self-possession and crystalline, intimate voice.Still, with The Archer, Savior says, I felt like I needed to establish my own voice and show myindependence again. A listen to the new album will prove that shes done that, and then some. Its notonly the establishment of a voice, but a showcase for an extraordinary talent at the peak of her power.Next, shell accompany Mini Mansions on a U.S. tour, and shes already at work writing songs for whatwill be her next release.

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