If you've seen Majical Cloudz this year, you might've seen them play "Savage," and you might've been spurred by how great it is to ask mastermind Devon Welsh when it would be released. If so, thanks, because you inspired him to release the track via his SoundCloud today. It's a lovely song; Welsh's soaring vocals delineate all the excruciating memories of a lost, drug-ridden friendship over an eerie, massive backdrop of droning, swelling reverb, abstracted choir vocals, and a deeply buried, spinal piano loop. By the end, when Welsh sings "shame on me for it, shame on me for you," you'll probably end up emotionally destroyed. In a good way! Check it out.
A note from Majical Cloudz:
"Savage" is a song we have been playing live for most of 2013. Many people have asked me on Tumblr and Twitter what this song is called and when it will be released, so here it is!
I think it's important to explain a song a little bit, but not too much. The song is written about a specific set of circumstances and experiences, and Matt and I did such-and-such when we recorded it, but ultimately what the song is 'about' is less important than how and why it is meaningful for you when you listen to it. Explaining too much about the details of the song is not the point, so I won't.
"Savage" is about a friendship, it's mysteries and it's moments of excitement, and the way drugs played into all of it. It's about letting go of a relationship as it changes and the emotions that go along with that.
The song was originally a lot more minimal, just piano loops and bass. As we played it live it evolved a little bit, Matt started incorporating reverb swells and exploring the ways those could be used (along with a number of other additions) to create dynamics in the song.
Happy to be releasing it! It's been fun to play it live over the past year.