It's been almost four months since we last heard original material from Colorado-based outfit Savoy. Their free Supertrail EP was an up & down roller-coaster ride of dubstep and heavy electro with "Language" vocalist Heather Bright prominently featured on two of seven tracks. And while their new release is also free, by contrast, Personal Legend is only four tracks and features one collaboration, "Aftershock," with the sexy sax-bass of fellow Coloradans, Big Gigantic.
My first thought after I hit play was, "This is really going to piss off my neighbors."
"The Bridge" kicks off Savoy's EP with a dark, complextro edge. The song is slightly reminiscent of Wolfgang Gartner's "Girl On Boy" around the edges and also has hints of Savoy's own "Devils On Horseback." Next up, "AfterShock," follows with a menagerie of diverse sounds, as one would expect from Big Gigantic and Savoy. It has many moments of head-banging and fist-pounding, but just as many that allow you to groove to the horns and sub bass. The laid back nature of "Aftershock", however, leads to a jarring transition to the second electro song of Personal Legend, "Kidz."
Easily my favorite song on the EP, "Kidz" is everything you could want from an industrial, electro house production. The melody, rooted deep in the bass line, paints the perfect backdrop for the varying percussion and electro sounds. Side effects of "Kidz" include: desire to punch things, restless leg syndrome, and whiplash. Finally, Personal Legend concludes with the grinding, mildly hypnotic dubstep track "Hard To Say."
As a whole, considering it has three fewer tracks, Personal Legend stacks up well against Savoy's excellent Supertrail EP. Dubstep and dark electro fans will both find something to enjoy in Personal Legend.