"Oh Loneliness" is a new single from Bambi Lee Savage, noted Bad Seeds, U2 and Einstürzende Neubauten collaborator. She is releasing a new solo album that's produced by Bad Seed Mick Harvey called Darkness Overshadowed. The song is a tad contemporary, but there is a subtle country twang and midnight mystery to its tone that I find engaging. Lee Savage has a lot of character in her vocal, so this is like "sing" noir, and Harvey provides much of the album's instrumentation, so I'm doubtless the music is stellar.
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Bad Seeds, Daniel Lanois collaborator Bambi Lee Savage announces new album produced by Mick Harvey
Bambi Lee Savage announces the forthcoming release of her third solo album, Darkness Overshadowed. The album is produced by Mick Harvey (Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), who also plays most of the backing instrumentation. Check out the sultry Twin Peaks-esque pop of the track, "Oh Loneliness" available to stream/share HERE and download HERE.
with most things in existence, it's the secrets in music that speak
truest. The fact that Bambi Lee Savage has remained a secret for so long
is testament to that. Over the past 25 years, the world-wandering
singer-songwriter has worked with Daniel Lanois as well as members of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten. She counts among her patrons Billy Bob Thornton and Bono.
Her timeless ballads and haunted anthems are stark, lush, elemental,
and ethereal as smoke. And like smoke, they conceal -- even as they
signal deeper mysteries well worth the effort of unveiling.
began life in Florida, but following the death of her father -- a stunt
pilot tragically killed during the filming of the Pearl Harbor drama Tora! Tora! Tora! -- her family relocated to Colorado. In Denver, she played in various punk bands, including the Pagan Cowboys,
as the '80s raged around her. It was upon moving to England in 1985
that her secrets began to weave themselves. After fronting the post-punk
outfit Horseland, she moved to Berlin, drawn by the industrial
allure of Einstürzende Neubauten. In Berlin she began working as an
assistant engineer at the famous Hansa Tonstudio. There she wound up
scoring credits on two definitive albums of the era: Nick Cave and the
Bad Seeds' The Good Son and U2's Achtung Baby.
the scenes, though, Savage was working on her own songs. In 1992, Bono
funded a recording session in Berlin that included the Bad Seeds' Mick
Harvey and Hugo Race as backing musicians. Shadowy and steeped in
a shivering mystique, the four-song recording went unreleased, although
Harvey would later cover one of Savage's other songs, "Demon Alcohol,"
on his 2005 album One Man's Treasure. From there, Savage appeared on the German music documentary Lost in Music: Out of Country, playing two of her songs with Neubauten's Alex Hacke.
then, Savage's music had taken a turn toward the dark end of the
Americana street, driven partly by a homesickness for her native
country. Back in the States, she captured another handful of songs with
Daniel Lanois, with whom she'd worked on Achtung Baby. One of
those songs, the ghostly folk threnody "Darlin'," caught the ear of
Billy Bob Thornton, who used the song on the soundtrack to his
breakthrough film Sling Blade.
In 2003, she released her first album, Matter of Time,
a collection of the various sessions she'd done to date. Although a
patchwork, the disc is stunning in its quiet force and sublimated
passion. In it, Savage explores illicit substances, spirituality,
tenderness, and terror, always with a thrilling tension between myth and
confession. In the years that followed, she toured Australia
(accompanied by Harvey on some dates) and played a triumphant set as the
handpicked opener for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Denver. She moved
to Los Angeles soon after and, with Josh Klinghoffer on guitar (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker) she completed work on the daring GJ and the PimpKillers,
a conceptual and synthetically textured album that delved into the
underworld of sex trafficking. As always, though, Savage's rich,
hypnotic, full-blooded voice lends both humanity and otherworldliness to
Savage's new album, Darkness Overshadowed,
is both a culmination of all she's done before-and a brave move beyond
it. From the guttural punk undertow of "Easy Way" to the atmospheric
dread of "Elsinore" to the whispery twang of "Waiting," the disc is
based around hopes, fears, memories, regrets, and scraps of confessions
written on Berlin bar napkins. Produced by Mick Harvey, who also
provides most of the backing instrumentation, it's by far the most vivid
and chilling of Savage's work to date. Above all, though, Darkness Overshadowed
reads as a secret history of the pre-apocalypse, a gnostic gospel
decrypted and given human form. Or in Savage's case, something slightly
Darkness Overshadowed will be available on CD and download on November 13th, 2012.
Artist: Bambi Lee Savage
Album: Darkness Overshadowed
Label: Bambi Lee Savage Music
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
01. Easy Way
02. Nearly Gone
03. Speed of Life
04. Nicht Mehr
05. Oh Loneliness (STREAM) (MP3)
07. Take Me Down
08. Good Advice
09. No Stranger to Sorrow
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