Live Review

SXSW 2010: Savoir Adore, Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room, Austin

Really fun, smile inducing music.

These guys play the best kind of sweet indie pop: the kind that is also rough and punk rock at the same time. The front man and woman, Paul Hammer and Deirdre Muro, have wonderfully silky voices that intertwine with each other to produce some of the most vocally beautiful music at the festival. Combine that with the great musicianship of them and the rest of the band and you have something quite out of the ordinary.

They write stories with their music, about professors and gardens and the things that might go on, and the world that exists in their songs gets created right on stage. They have mastered the art of combining sampled tracks with their own live performances so that it is flawless; the sampler truly is just another instrument waiting to be manipulated by a knowing hand.

At the end of the night, their show, whatever, the experience one takes from a Savoir Adore performance is a thoughtful happiness. You feel like you have spent your time hanging out and having fun but accidentally thinking about worlds that you do not see and are not a part of. It is just really fun, smile inducing music.

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