Savoir Adore, french for “to know love,” is the brooklyn-based electro-pop project of paul hammer and lauren zettler. staple of brooklyn’s indie scene, the duo has proven to be a consistent source for inventive songwriting over the course of three album and three eps. the duo’s most recent release, an ep called ‘first bloom,’ is the first installment in a two-part album
Ahead of their headlining show at Baby’s All Right on 11/27, the duo took the time to answer a few of our questions.
You are releasing you newest album in two parts. ‘Full Bloom,’ an EP which serves as the first part of your two-part album, was just released. What inspired the songs on this album?
For the most part, self-discovery/self-expression. It’s an active and passive process and it’s pretty fascinating, especially as you grow older and start to think about your place in the world. It’s also a lot to do with the current political climate and the way people have been ridiculed for discovering and expressing who they are, it’s just something that’s been on our minds a lot for 2 years now. It’s also connected to our overall arch as well – every one of our records has slowly moved inward, and this is kindof the peak of that. It’s something I wanted to tap into from the get go, and this is a really exciting part of that.
What went into the decision to split the album into two parts? Any distinct themes, lyrically or sonically, between the two parts?
We had been thinking about releasing our music in a different way for a couple years, especially given the way people listen to music now, so when we came up with this idea of “Bloom”, it immediately just made sense. The process of self-discovery is not instant, even the process of blooming can happen in steps. In many ways, First Bloom is the setup – it’s the more contemplative portion, whereas the songs we’ll be releasing next year are a bit more of the release or catharsis – the Full Bloom.
What are you most excited about for this upcoming run of shows?
Most excited about our new visuals and also playing these new songs. Our show is the most ambitious version of a Savoir Adore show we’ve put forward, and that’s really exciting for me.
What’s your favorite song to perform live and what makes it so special?
I’ll always have a special place for Dreamers, and it still doesn’t get old to perform. There’s just an energy to the song and to the way our fans react to it, it’s really been special to us. That said, we’ve started to perform our next single which comes out in February, and I have a feeling that’s gonna be the one to take over that spot soon.
You guys are from Brooklyn, so what’s your favorite spots around the city to hang out at? Any places in particular you go to gain inspiration for your music?
Lots of places – I love riding my bike around Brooklyn… it’s probably my favorite thing… I also love going to venues like Baby’s and Rough Trade to see new bands, usually by myself. I also love small bars like Iona, Lucky Dog, Fresh Kills – and nitehawk.
Interview by Kelsey Boyd