Luring you in with musical wailings…

If Kate Bush, Annie Lennox and Sinead O’Connor got ragingly pissed on Absinthe one night and decided to make their own pop star, they’d probably come up with something like Saint Saviour. Kate would throw in that glacial pitched voice of hers, Annie would chuck in a bit of captivating stage presence, and after deciding that Sinead’s tendency to hunt for random shags on Twitter while intermittently ranting at the pope would probably detract from the music slightly, they’d give it a nice little O’Connor cropped haircut and send Sinead on her way with some rosary beads and a pack of Alka Seltzer. DON’T CALL US WE’LL CALL YOU THANKS LOVE. *bolts door*

Of Course, Saint Saviour (a.k.a Becky Jones) wasn’t born in Kate Bush’s sitting room amidst the kind of apocalyptic carnage that only three pissed middle aged women could produce, and the first thing she saw probably wasn’t Annie Lennox necking vodka while slurring No More ‘I Love You’s’ in her bra on top of Kate’s grand piano, but when listening to Saint Saviour’s unique voice with its potent mixture of alluring simplicity and grand scale you can’t help but think of her as the musical lovechild of those genre shaping behemoths of British female pop.


After simmering under the radar on the live scene for a few years, Saint Saviour first glowed into the wider public consciousness as a vocalist on Groove Armada’s Grammy nominated Black Light album in 2009, and the album’s beautiful lead single ‘I Won’t Kneel’. The song’s blistering electro pulse and epic power ballad sparkle matched perfectly with the hauntingly heartfelt coo of Jones’s vocals, and while the song astoundingly failed to gain much chart success (THANKS UK TOP 40 YOU DICK), it served as the crucial platform that Saint Saviour needed for people to stop fannying around with their Facebook status/ tax returns/ Davina Mccall workout for just a moment, look up and say ‘Oh hello! She’s a bit of alright isn’t she??’

Two of those people included The Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Hurts front man Theo Hutchraft, who was so in awe of the singer’s incredible voice after seeing one of her entrancing live performances that he asked her to support the band on their tour.


Saint Saviour released her debut E.P ‘Anatomy’ in early 2011 and, like a streaker at a cricket match who momentarily draws people’s eyes away from green fields and wickets towards a jangling pair of bollocks, soon had people looking curiously her way and muttering admiringly about those beautiful vocals and charmingly intimate songs. Elegant piano track ‘Reasons’ gave full stage to that crisp, precision powered voice, while ‘This Ain’t No Hymn’- a pulsing electro ballad carried along by Jones’ distinctive, ethereal vocals- served to distance her from the glut of overhyped ‘rent a Brit’ female artists currently clogging up the charts like a stubborn turd (Hey Jessie J!)

Last week she released her second E.P ‘Suukei’, and again had internet bloggers furiously beating away at their keyboards in an online orgy of praise. This time those metaphorical bollocks are bigger and she’s starting to turn those curious eyes away from the main match for much longer as more people begin to realise there could be something special about this girl with the strangely captivating voice who hand stamps and signs her CD’s in her own house. Suukei continues the journey into the wood of mystical pop that started with Anatomy, and again gives full reign to that mesmerising voice. Opening song ‘Red Mist’ features a shimmering mix of Japanese chimes and electro beats, while standout track ‘Here in Me’ is a gorgeous slice of gothic pop with unmistakable nods to Kate Bush.

The charts have been having a bit of a piss up over the last two years, with club based dance music dominating proceedings. However, what started out in 2008 as a welcome relief from the turgid excess of bland indie clogging up the top 40, has itself become a tedious procession of inane, characterless Guetta guff with a dire absence of creativity. It feels like after all those months of hard tits out partying pop music might now be ready to do a massive vom, spend a few days in bed watching Friends and move on to a more Saviour-esque sound, where actual lyrics (‘Actual what??!’- Flo Rider) accompany a playful sense of drama and atmosphere.

2011 might have been the year Saint Saviour momentarily streaked across the pitch and flashed us her musical bollocks, but 2012 could be the year she picks up the bat and starts whacking some proper balls.

‘Suukei’ and ‘Anatomy’ are both available to buy and download from itunes now.

http://saintsaviour.co.uk

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