In her new album ‘One Of Us’ Melburnian Cash Savage explores beauty, freedom and the darkness that seep into even the supposedly safest of realms: family, friendship, sleep and love. ‘One Of Us’ is a record of duality, one that marks another stage of growth for Cash Savage and the Last Drinks.
The ecstatic highs and devastating lows of 2015 would shape ‘One Of Us’, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks’ debut album for new label, Mistletone Records. After a long spell from writing, allowing these emotional events to sink in, Cash Savage headed off to the studio, turned her guitar up to 12 and began composing the songs that would form the album. ‘One Of Us’ follows on from 2013’s critically acclaimed, ‘The Hypnotiser’ and is packed tight with the kind of well-crafted, country and blues ear candy the band has become known for.
Cash Savage opens One Of Us with ‘Falling, Landing’, a song of appreciation, with a lingering vision of potentially having been reduced to nothing. ‘Run With The Dogs’, ‘Sunday Morning’ and ‘My Friend’ continues to explore the reality that falling hard – both in love and in loss – demands a whole-world understanding that includes our darker sides.
The Last Drinks added a multitude of instrumentation to the record, fleshing out Savage’s original compositions; Cash’s astonishing and confident vocals allow the musicians around her to flourish. Joe White provides soaring guitar work; Rene Mancuso contributes drums and percussion; Chris Lichti adds bass; and Brett Marshall lifts numerous songs with banjo accompaniments. Finally, Kat Mear on violin brings to light the eerie cadence and dramatic swells of the album’s dark side.
In the end, Cash fulfils the promise many heard on the first two albums and brings her most realised effort of song-writing and lyricism to fruition. The songs on ‘One Of Us’ reflect the grieving that comes from loss and embrace the new road ahead. This new effort is bound to be regarded as Cash’s most intricate work to date.