"Savage" is a song we have been playing live for most of 2013. Many people have asked me on Tumblr and Twitter what this song is called and when it will be released, so here it is!
I think it’s important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is ‘about’ is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won’t.
"Savage" is about a friendship, it’s mysteries and it’s moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It’s about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that.
The song was originally a lot more minimal, just piano loops and bass. As we played it live it evolved a little bit, Matt started incorporating reverb swells and exploring the ways those could be used (along with a number of other additions) to create dynamics in the song.
Happy to be releasing it! It’s been fun to play it live over the past year.
Lady Jaye, my other half, we married Friday June 13th 1995, was raised from a small child by her grandmother. In 1996, whilst living happily on 10 acres of redwoods with a creek & waterfalls and no neighbours, we heard Mimi, her gran, was severely ill, with colostomy bag, unable to walk and increasingly overwhelming Alzheimers. We agreed to leave California to go to Queens and take care of Mimi 24x7. After a year or so Mimi had to go into full time care as her dementia was so out of touch with “non-sensus reality”.
When we went to work with Sean on your beautiful song he told me his grandmother had just passed away a week ago from Alzheimers and dementia!
This all felt significant, though we don’t know your story and would never ask.
We had recorded Howler monkeys at LA zoo as they woke at dawn in 1996…and kept that tape for some special project. That is what is in the background. The trumpet is a Tibetan Thighbone trumpet, 300+ years old, the thigh of a virgin once owned by Trungpa Kunley of the “crazy Path” of Buddhism. There’s also a Shiva Sadhu’s serpent shaped trumpet. Both said to destroy demons…or in Western speak, release hormones that balance mental issues.
The voice at start and end is Lady Jaye talking about MIND is the being, not the body, just before s/he dropped her body. We wanted it to all be as intimate as you implied it was.
We are proud that the remix WAS included on the deluxe package.
We hope that information helps you see the story we were trying to tell with sound. We always feel music is storytelling, psychic hygiene/healing for our chosen tribe.