The Canadian duo of vocalist Devon Welsh and producer Matthew Otto, together Majical Cloudz, have shared a slow-paced, seemingly narrative driven song called “Savages.” It wasn’t on their Impersonator album which was released earlier this year, but they have been playing the imagery filled ballad in their live shows, and are releasing it today, accompanied by the following note.
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.
Listen to the moving song below.