Saint Saviour

What do the multiethnic pop of MIA and the gentle psychedelic folk of Carole King have in common? Just listening to the album debut of Saint Saviour, the first solo album by Becky Jones, lead singer of Groove Armada, is to know. Union combines a taste for contemporary electronic experimentation with classic country ballads. A voice that has entranced Groove Armada audiences for years has now created the space to explore her musical roots, in particular the sound of Manchester’s legendary Factory Records label that put out music by the likes of Joy Division and New Order. Becky wrote, performed and produced all the songs on the album, whose title not only implies a union of styles but also its subject matter. “I want to describe the complicated relationship that, today, we all have with the past,” she says. “What we are, and the need for us to open our lives to the winds of change. What will make people able to ‘use’ even more distant cultures with the same confidence that we have with our own origins.”

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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