Feature by Ellie Garno
“Shades” introduces the world to Alexandra Savior, and she seems pretty freaking cool. Produced by Alex Turner, front man of Arctic Monkeys, as well James Ford (Haim, Jesse Ware, and Florence + The Machine), the debut from the Portland-born twenty-one year-old is filled with distorted guitar, synth-y percussion, and 1940s jazz club accents; not to mention her sassy singing style. Its lyrics are literary and also tell a story. (“It’s about doing something you know you’re not supposed to be and reveling in it.”) Still, they are contemporary. “Like when you’re looking for your shades/Rifling through your pockets, and you find them on your face,” Savior croons each chorus. Know the feeling?? I do. Overall, “Shades” sounds like it belongs to film noir, minus the sexism. Premiering exclusively on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 radio show on Apple Music, the song is available worldwide on all digital platforms.