Grace Savage’s new single ‘Water Rising’ is an infectious track, full of dancehall bounce and an urgent beat that echoes Savage’s recurring anxiety dream of being consumed by water and unable to move; something that has been interpreted by her as our fear of losing control, getting old and time passing too quickly. The track was written with producer James Yuill and the minimal arrangement of beat and electronics helps to focus everything onto Savage’s performance along with the fine addition of rapper Mauvey.
Since hearing the track, I have struggled to get the beseeching cry of “Water rising, run for the hills. Water rising, feet stuck still. Water rising one direction. Water rising” out of my head. Savage says that this is the favourite of all her songs, and I certainly think it is one of her finest releases. Grace Savage is a force to be reckoned with, and I am still haunted by her show ‘Blind’, which I saw at London’s Soho Theatre back in 2015, which had an incredibly chilling section where the audience are blindfolded and taken through an incident on a train (I won’t say anymore in case you ever get to see it). The power of her narration and understanding of crafting soundscapes is a gift and ‘Water Rising’ is a shining star in an already sparkling career.
‘Water Rising’ – Lyric video:
Review by Paul F Cook