'ACCOUNTS OF FRIEND AND FOE' / AMONG SAVAGES: ALBUM REVIEW

BY SARAH KEARNS

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Last month, Los Angeles-based artist Among Savages released his sophomore album, Accounts of Friend and Foe, after over three years of work. The album consists of nine tracks, all of which feature a different angle of Among Savages’ alternative sound. And though each is unique in style, the songs work together to create a nostalgic musical experience.

Accounts of Friends and Foe begins with What Goes Around. Made up entirely of short phrases, the rhythm resembles that of a poem. Among Savages’ soft-spoken singing is accompanied by clear, louder drums.

Third on the album, and our favorite song, is Getting Older Quicker. Perhaps it’s the upbeat tune, or maybe the catchy melody, but my guess is that our obsession can be traced back to its relatability. Among Savages’ sings about age from the perspective of an adult, “Dope me up, get me high and out of this strange softened place I stand. What I would give to get to back to what I have lost, to feel once again I am a young man.” Even as a seventeen-year-old, I can relate to longing to go back to the earlier years of my youth, as I'm sure we all can.

Accounts of Friend and Foe finishes with Art of Living, the simplest track on the album. Lacking instruments and sound effects, it stands as a testament to all that Among Savages is; undoubtedly raw and beautifully real.

 

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