Sean Nicholas Savage – “Suburban Nights” (Stereogum Premiere)

Montreal’s Sean Nicholas Savage is releasing a new album, Other Death, this September on Arbutus. His ’80s New Wave style brings a chill atmosphere with upbeat synths and soft, whispered vocals. “Suburban Nights” slows things down compared to Savage’s usual synthpop; the song uses tenderly pressed piano keys and deep lingering bass with vocals sharing a despondent intimacy. Savage laments over the inevitable boredom found in suburbia: “Seems like everybody’s tired of the same old song/ Drinking on the job, working like a dog.” The slowness of the song mimics the lackluster life of the neighborhoods he’s describing. Listen.

Check out Savage’s upcoming tour dates:

08/01 Detroit, MI @ Tires [Tickets]
09/12 Edmonton, AB @ Heritage Amphitheatre [Tickets]
10/10 Washington, DC @ Paperhaus [Tickets @ Door]
10/11 Baltimore, MD @ The Crown [Tickets]
10/14 Boston, MA @ Middle East (Upstairs) [Tickets]
10/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn [Tickets]
10/17 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B. [Tickets]
10/18 Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha [Tickets]
10/19 Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House [Tickets @ Door]
10/20 Chicago, IL @ Schubas [Tickets]
10/21 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry [Tickets]
10/24 Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall [Tickets]
10/26 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon [Tickets]
10/28 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios [Tickets]
10/29 Oakland, CA @ Leo’s [Tickets]
10/30 Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell [Tickets @ Door]

Other Death is out 9/18 via Arbutus Records. Pre-order it here.