Following the release of her highly praised debut album A Common Turn earlier this year, Dublin-based multi-faceted singer/songwriter Anna B Savage returns with a new EP, These Dreams, set for release on 24 September via City Slang. The first single from the record, Since We Broke Up is now available everywhere to stream, with Savage set to play a run of UK shows this October.
Speaking about ‘Since We Broke Up’, Savage says: “This song exists in a post break-up liminal space. Where normally there is sadness, reflection and heart ache, I realised that for me this particular space was full of contentment, resilience and small joys.”
“This song explores the melodrama and the mundanity of those days after a break-up, where small things can seem hugely altered now that you’re contending with them alone. I wanted this emotional back and forth to come across in the production… the tug of war between all the different audible elements, the spaces between pain and joy, co-dependence and self-sufficiency. I guess it’s the happiest song I’ve ever written.” -Anna B Savage
Savage’s debut album A Common Turn came out earlier this year (also via City Slang) following the success of her 2015 debut EP, which was celebrated in the international press and caught the attention of Father John Misty and later Jenny Hval. Both artists took Savage under their wing and brought her along on tours. With ‘A Common Turn’ Savage showed absolute strength in her deep vulnerability and intense, personal commentary.
On ‘These Dreams’ Savage says: “This EP traverses the expanse between possibly the most difficult and wrenching song (These Dreams) and the most positive and defiant (Since We Broke Up), and it’s not an easy listen by any means. Hairier Now was written about the same person as Baby Grand, but a year earlier, after a seven-year absence. I also chose to do a cover of the classic Edwyn Collins track ‘A Girl Like You’ as I wanted to tie another track in to the album – I’ve loved this song ever since I saw it in Empire Records – what a sexy, sensual, surprising song. I decided to put a more These Dreams kind of spin on it, turning it in to a slightly creepier and more difficult iteration of the original track.”
Along with the ‘These Dreams’ release, set for 24 September, Savage will also embark on a full UK and European tour later in the year.
Since We Broke Up is now available everywhere to stream NOW