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by Playing Savage

Playing Savage is the brainchild of Noa Savage (Ben-Gur), an Israeli-American award winning singer and songwriter. This EP is her showcased masterful blend of Funk , Folk Rock and RnB , shows her love for cinematic songwriting to make you fall in love.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Small Talk
3:15 $0.99
2. Whispers
3:30 $0.99
3. I <3 Myself
3:09 $0.99
4. Day Dream
2:36 $0.99
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Playing Savage is the brainchild of Noa Savage (Ben-Gur), an Israeli-American award winning singer and songwriter. Born to American/Iraqi parents, the artist, who was raised in Brooklyn and Tel-Aviv, moved to Vienna to further her classical music training. Shortly after deciding to change paths and pursue her love for songwriting, she won the prestigious Austrian Amadeus Music AWARD for “songwriter of the year” (Leya/Thorsteinn Einarsson -2015). This led to a chance meet-up with Austrian top producer Paul Gallister (WANDA/Nino Aus Wien), in which the two decided to collaborate on the artist’s solo project.  

A masterful blend of Funk, Soul and Classic Rock, Playing Savage’s first album WILD was released in early 2016. It’s critically acclaimed debut Single “BIGGER” earned the artist airplay in over 12 Different countries (including UK, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium,Poland and Austria), a concert special in Austria’s National Radio, gigs in Austria, Germany and Luxembourg (co-headlining with PEACHES) and a showcase project at SXSW with Sennheiser.  

Following her last release with Gallister, GOOMB, the young artist decided to venture further and set an example for other female artists.
"When the songwriting process ended- you see mostly men. I got tired of watching the 'boys club' from the sidelines- so I decided to teach myself".

During a year long process, Savage prepared herself to take on all composing and producing rolls for her new EP.

“I took time to watch my ideas DRIP onto paper. This time I recorded with live musicians and also brought in the lovely Lucy Landymore, who tours with Hans Zimmer and connected with creative people i met through instagram. For the finishing touch, I brought in Philip Bova, who mixed Andy Shauf’s album, ‘The Party’ to master the tracks in the same organic mood that the songs developed in. “

The result brings us 'The new Playing Savage': a warm vintage mix of funk and folkrock, a melancholic streak and smart social commentary texts.
One notices the evolution of PS's artistry in this new EP with it's cultivated melodies and lyrics. Whilst "I ❤️ Myself" fits earlier releases with it's feel-good 80s funk vibe, other songs offer an intimate vintage mood: the EP starts with a cleverly texted Fleetwood mac-ish slide guitar anthem of the ultimate outsider in Small Talk , continues with a funky shaft-esque story of rivalry in Whispers and closes with a ‘girl from ipanema’-like track of a hopeless millennial in Day Dream.  

“When I was thinking of where I want this project to go, I was frozen by performance fear and I realised how tiring this societal need of ‘faking it’ really was. I needed to be real and I wanted to do the kind of music that cheered me up when I needed it and pass it over to music lovers out there-  young or old. “

Whispers press text:

“You know I got feelings, Now I know how to feed them”
Whispers /Playing Savage

Whispers is the second single to come out of Playing Savage’s new EP, DRIP.

Following the fargo-esque feel in “Small Talk”, Whispers connect us with Playing Savage’s original funk roots, offering a back-handed feeling of Spring in Full-Swing.

“Whispers was crystallising in my mind when I was trying to get out of my head and out of the house. I knew somethings needed to change when all I heard was whispers of all the bad things people were thinking and saying about me.”

As many other residents of Vienna which boasts a high mixed population, she has been working and living in the city for several years but is under burrowed time.

“It’s strange working as an artist, when your residency status is based on being safe and predictable. I questioned what I was doing every year because of my worries for re-applying for my Resident status- One bad year and it’s over.”

Playing Savage is not alone but is portraying the challenges shared by modern-day immigrants and refugees. Many European will face the same concerns, once Brexit will kick in.

In Whispers, Playing Savage is airing out these real-life concerns. Her feelings of uncertainty shine through not only in the lyrics, but also through the music that burrows a page from the playbook of “how-to score a 70s murder mystery movie”.



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