Acclaimed Canadian auteur Sean Nicholas Savage has revealed a video for his single “Mysteries,” taken from his just-released new album Life Is Crazy (Arbutus). “This is a live performance with effects, with Marcin Masecki from the record on piano and shot by Noah Triple,” says Savage. “It‘s a song about things or people with whom as much as you try to become, or to consume the closer you get, the more pronounced is the unknown which drives our dreaming in the first place.” Calling the video “a perfectly theatrical black-and-white clip that, were it mounted onstage, could probably get Savage the T in his EGOT,”
Lyrically, Savage grapples with his signature themes of perception, identity, and the unknown, among others. While still abstract, the metaphors and subject matter are effortless and more inviting than ever before. New to Life Is Crazy is a narrative tone removed from time.
Savage began the new decade in Montreal, with a twelve-show run of his highly anticipated musical ‘Please Thrill Me’. This marked an evolution towards stage drama, starring Savage himself, Jane Penny (of TOPS), Roland Pemberton (Cadence Weapon), Adam Byczkowski (Better Person) and Lulu Hughes – who lends her operatic vocals to two songs on Life Is Crazy. Highlight numbers “Thrill Me” and “I Believe In Everything”, taken from the musical with performances wilder and more intimate than even the most outstanding night in the theatre –
Life Is Crazy’s collaborators are decidedly new as well. The piano is interpreted and performed by renowned virtuoso Marcin Masecki, winner of the 2005 International Jazz Piano Competition in Moscow, while the strings are arranged and performed by adored Grammy-winning composer Owen Pallett.