“Savages” is the newest single from Minnesota-born songstress Anna Mae. Mae has recently been going through a period of experimentation with her sound with a Spotify page that ranges from country, to soft rock. This newest song wastes no time making an impression and starts off with loud stomping sound effects. This intense opening is accompanied by a mellow electric guitar melody and an echoed version of the singer’s voice. Once the first verse kicks in, it becomes obvious that Mae’s style is quite unique. Her originality stems from her raspy tone, accompanied by her interesting enunciation, which verges on country twang at times. Perhaps due to her relocation to the country music mecca of Nashville, this country influence has been present in a lot of her recent work.
This is a welcome change in comparison with Mae’s earlier work; over-pronunciation ran rampant and put her on the verge of being a bad indie stereotype. Now, Mae has come into her own and her delivery is now as fierce as her lyrics. Speaking of which, this talented artist also writes her own lyrics, and plays guitar – a multi-level talent to say the least.
One of the things that works in Mae’s favor is that her voice’s novelty makes for a captivating experience for the listener, despite the slight repetitiveness of the song itself. The accompaniment and melody give a OneRepublic vibe (especially their song “Sorry”) but with more refinement from Mae’s vocal performance. Lyrics like “You can leave me with battle scar/But you’re never gonna break my black gold heart” hint at growth and confidence that come with gaining life experience. It would seem that, in the short time since her last single, Mae has grown quite a bit. The singer has been able to draw out the best from many influences to come up with a sound all her own. “Savages” is a new dawn in Anna Mae’s career and she’s riding in hard and with no apologies. If anything, the timidity that was present in her earlier work is gone and has been replaced with a powerhouse who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind.
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