One of the year’s most anticipated LPs marks the dream pop songwriter’s third LP following 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse. It spans 10 tracks and Powers grappling with the death of a friend. To work on the effort, Powers moved from his Boise, Idaho hometown to Bristol, UK, where he recorded alongside producer and engineer Ali Chant (Perfume Genius). The full-length was preceded by the songs “The Knower”, “Highway Patrol Stun Gun”, and “Rotten Human”.
In a recent interview with FADER, Powers explained how losing his friend affected the overall aesthetic of the LP:
“I think it was more of a re-focus. Going into [my last album] Wondrous Bughouse was this amazing thing for me, because before that I approached music in an elementary sort of way. I really got into the experimentation and just making all sorts of sounds that I had never really messed around with: synthesizers, percussion, all sorts of stuff. I always see myself as someone who experiments with sounds first, all sorts of sounds, and then I’ll try to incorporate it into a song and have those songs make sense. After my close friend passed away, it brought me down to earth a little bit. I made this album very purposeful and intentional because there was so much stuff that was on my mind and that I felt like I had to say.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
Savage Hills Ballroom Tracklist:
01. Officer Telephone
02. Highway Patrol Stun Gun
03. The Knower
04. No One Can Tell
05. Doll’s Estate
06. Rotten Human
09. Free Me