“Sauvage” is the French word for “wild” and the choice of this as a band’s name, particularly set in uppercase, confirms that the Parisian duo SAUVAGE are here to emphasize the quirky side of untameable.
It all started with two friends making music together, taking inspiration from Talking Heads, The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, Ratatat and Caribou. In the beginning, they focused on producing remixes (of NZCA lines, Black Devil Disco Club and The Lanskies, to name a few) and through that, got on the radar of some interesting compilations – like the well-known (and rather fancy) Kitsuné Parisien, and other French stalwarts, such as Novorama and Seriously, Eric?.
When it comes to their own material, the band released their first EP called Early Days this past April. A collection of their early recordings, it features four tracks, with three of them having already been available on the band’s Soundcloud since about a year ago. That’s now expanded to four tracks available on their Soundcloud, since a new track, “Tokyo”, was uploaded about three months ago.
You can hear that the boys have slightly changed their sound over that time. “Tokyo” features a deeper, more electronic production, with highlights provided by echoing guitars. The drums put in a great appearance in this track too, but it seems that they’ve lost some space in the mix when compared with the previous material. “Camel” is sublimely rhythmic; it’s sound is so organic, as if a symbiotic movement orchestrates all the percussion involved.
The other two tracks in question also showcase this organic pulse. “San Diego” is in a chiller mood – more faded than the multicolored and slightly explosive “Camel”. But “Glory” brings back the colors again and sets up a perfect fusion between the percussive and electronic elements of their work by its third minute.
When playing live, the duo is joined by a drummer, delivering a more vivid experience and providing a great foundation for their sound. Anyone lucky enough to have been at France’s Rock In Seine festival last weekend will have had the chance to catch SAUVAGE live. We here are already happy enough just listening to their recordings, and you too can let their fluid music surround you by hitting play on “Tokyo”, “Camel” and “Glory” below.