Live gig review – Melkweg OZ, Amsterdam | 15-Sep-2022
If Lana Del Rey had a sister, and that sister sang like a mermaid, she could’ve been called Alexandra Savior.
This lady has a magical, cinematic quality to her voice, steeped in nostalgia, reminiscent of songstresses from the 1950s, and the small 650-capacity of the Melweg’s Oude Zaal(Old Hall) was the perfect, intimate setting for an audience eager to be enchanted, carried away to dreamland, as if floating on a cloud.
Although this tour was originally scheduled to support the release of Ms Savior’s 2nd album, ‘The Archer’, the Covid-pandemic caused an interruption for many artists, meaning that the original intent for getting out on-the road has been long gone, but the fans didn’t care. We had waited patiently for things to come around to something resembling normality, and were not disappointed.
In the interim period, since planning then cancelling a tour, some new songs have been added to the cannon, and these were showcased in a gig that didn’t have much more than a 1hr running-time. Sometimes quality can be better than quantity, and given that this 27yr-old Portland (Oregon) native only has two anthologies under her belt to-date, the strength of the material, delivered wispfully, mesmerizing us all, more than made up for the brevity of the performance.
Starting with ‘Saving Grace’ and ‘Crying All The Time from ‘The Archer’, already firm fan-favourites, judging by the warm reception my fellow revellers greeted their introductions, new track, ‘All The Girls’ made way for a trio of tunes from Alexandra’s debut long-player, 2017’s ‘Belladonna of Sadness’ and so it went, back & forth between the two compendiums, with only one more new song, ‘You Make It Easier’, thrown into-the-mix, for good measure.Before, encoring with the title track from ‘The Archer’ and bringing down the curtain with ‘Mystery Girl’, her 3rd single from the 1st album.
This multi-talented singer-songwriter & musician had us all in her thrall, from the first bar, to the last, and when it was over, all too quickly, the audience left the hall quietly, and mostly all starry-eyed.
Now, where did I park my Unicorn?
Unfortunately, this Amsterdam gig was the 2nd-last night of the current tour, with Istanbul, Turkey topping things off, the following evening. So, you might need to wait a while yet, to see Alexandra Savior live. But that’s something to look forward to.
Meantime, you can listen to Alexandra Savior’s latest album ‘The Archer’ here.
This album (released in 2020) was produced by Sam Cohenfor Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records and recorded in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
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Words by Colin Bridgewater (@CJB_TheSongbird)
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