Listen up before it’s too late - acts to check out before they ...



Listen up before it’s too late - acts to check out before they blow up

Want to be able to say ‘I knew this band/artist before they were big’? Here’s a guide to the ones to watch

Funiwe Mkele

Alexandra Savior

Starting the year with a bang, or rather a sultry guitar riff, was Alexandra Savior, who released her second album, The Archer. The indie singer was christened by Alex Turner, lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys, who produced and wrote on her first album, Belladonna of Sadness. While her first album sounds like an Alex Turner side-project with guitar riffs reminiscent of past Monkeys albums, with her second album Savior seems to emerge from Turner’s shadow to give us a taste of her personality.

She creates an enticing atmosphere of melancholy and mystery, with a tight rhythm section and psychedelic effects. This is only enhanced by slippery lyrics such as “Handsome dictator of my crimes, I can’t tell if they’re yours, I can’t tell if they’re mine”, and “My preacher, my underfed creature/Consumes me”. The debut single for this album, Crying All The Time, is a grainy ballad that sets the vintage fallen femme fatale aesthetic of the album...

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