Muro and Hammer positively nail harmonies, with they way they alternate lead vocal duties providing an array of textures across the board. There are points as with ‘Wooded Forest’ when the melodies veer dangerously close to being saccharine, but such imbalances really are few and far between. Also, gone are the infuriatingly catchy choruses of their previous full-length (try listening to ‘We Talk Like Machines’ a few times and not whistling it for weeks) which gives its follow up a distinctly more rounded feel.
That’s not to say Our Nature doesn’t have more than its fair share of earworms. Savoir Adore have their story and they’re sticking to it. For example, the bells-over-scuzzy synths and wistful rhymes of ‘Beating Hearts’ are utterly lush, with another favourite being ‘Regalia’ and its pinched, trebly guitar riff laid over walking bass and staggering staccato keyboard . Within a relatively narrow mandate, the duo still manage to pack this follow up tight with subtle ideas and intelligent song structures, helping every track unfold neatly over repeat listens.
Our Nature is a seriously accomplished pop record, and a perfect progression. Less obviously whimsical than In The Wooded Forest but still possessing of its own distinct charm and inventiveness, it feels effortless. Detractors will claim Savoir Adore have too light a touch, but it’s fair to say that for most, they’ll leave a meaningful impression.
Our Nature’s first track, “Dreamers,” instantly pulls the listener in with the use of synths, and Muro and Hammer effervescently blend into the melody with their ethereal vocals. This intro is followed by the haunting interlude, “Cinema,” which transitions into the rest of the album’s mellow though catchy reverie.
The latter part of the album, starting with the wistful “At the Same Time,” switches into a faster-paced and harder rhythm, though it manages to maintain Savoir Adore’s signature dream-like quality. “Beating Hearts,” the only new addition to Our Nature’s re-release, is a bouncy and whimsical track befitting the rest of the album. The synths and drum machine harken back to the ‘80s, giving the album a more nostalgic sound. Although the lyrics teeter on cheesy at times, the catchy beat and melody are enough to keep you captivated.
Although some tracks are forgettable, Savoir Adore’s Our Nature is a solid album overall. The vocals and the instruments weave seamlessly into each other, creating an eclectic mix for each track. Layered with spacey melodies, the album is a great pick-me-up on a gloomy day.