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Saint Saviour Releases New Single and Video “Be Gentle” – Taken From New Album “Sunseeker” out 22 March 2024

February 7, 2024
Saint Saviour photo credit Frazier Dunleavy

SAINT SAVIOUR

Releases new single / video, “Be Gentle”

Taken from new album, Sunseeker, out 22 March 2024 – PRE-SAVE HERE / PRE-ORDER HERE

Saint Saviour, the alt-pop solo act from singer-songwriter Becky Jones, has released “Be Gentle” from her highly anticipated upcoming album, Sunseeker, out 22 March 2024 via VLF. The album is now available to pre-order here and pre-save here.

Assembled while Jones was out rambling around London, attempting to mould words out of melodies and sound, the song’s main line “please be gentle to me, baby” came as easy as sudden rain, but the rest wouldn’t arrive until she took a trip to the Tower of London. Jones had been reading about the Plantagenets, which culminated in the story of the peeress Margaret Pole’s botched beheading. Despite surviving an unruly King, what really survived from her story was the macabre way in which she died. “Be Gentle”, the album’s harlequin wildcard, is ultimately a redemption story for Pole, as Jones imagines her ghost coming back to reap revenge.

The song arrives with a music video from Ajuan Isaac-George, who collaborated with Becky on the video for “A Picture Is All I Have”.

Captured in the song title itself, Saint Saviour has produced this gentle and addictive composition. Built on minimalist layers, layered harmonies, a buoyant bass line and this immense drum shuffle. The track builds to this almighty euphoric crescendo, but it’s the lightness in the track that simply dazzles, there is an air of comfort that captivates this vision and the listeners who find themselves hooked on this track. The melody just oozes charm and volatility.

On her fourth album SunseekerSaint Saviour offers joy and encouragement in a fight back against cynicism, shifting away from the downbeat sound of 2012’s Union and 2014’s In The Seams in a search towards warmth that started with her previous album, Tomorrow Again. While existentialism had been the bedrock of her previous songwriting efforts, on Sunseeker, she allows a variety of new thought processes to creep in, as she reckons with new questions concerning religion, spirituality, and the long shadow her mother’s death has cast.

Along with these themes, Becky looks to share messages with her children through her music. On already released tracks like “Poetry” and “Better than”, she looks to pass down the self-esteem and sufficiency needed to be a good feminist to her daughter, aiming to embolden rather than overperform or preach.

“Be Gentle” is Saint Saviour’s first single of the new year, following the release of “A Picture Is All I Have”, “Better Than”, and “Poetry”, which was described by Clash as “a song that aims for simplicity, blending the organic feel of her latter work with Saint Saviour’s innate grasp of melody.” These mark her first musical releases since 2020’s album, Tomorrow Again, which was included in BBC Radio 6 Music’s Albums of the Year

Saint Saviour’s sound has been described by The Line Of Best Fit as “deeply personal, plaintive and emotional” and by ElectronicSound as “sublimely wistful”, while The Quietus has praised her “unique, brilliant, cinematic voice”. 

The Stockton-on-Tees-born and London-based songwriter will be performing three live shows this March with dates in Manchester, Stockton-on-Tees, and London. Her upcoming tour dates are below and tickets can be found here.

Saint Saviour UK tour dates:

27 March 2024 – The Lodge, Manchester
28 March 2024 – The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
30 March 2024 – The Courtyard Theatre, London

Sunseeker Tracklist:

Better Than

A Picture Is All I Have (feat. Orlando Weeks)

Be Gentle

I Just Can’t Take The Risk (feat. Jadu Heart)

Poetry

Let’s Go Outside

Gold In The Water

Cellophane

Morning Bird

Not Nothing (feat. Bill Ryder-Jones)

Little Bee

https://www.saintsaviour.co.uk/

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