Track Review – T.I.W.Y.G / Savages

If ‘The Answer’ was a slab of rock, then ‘T.I.W.Y.G’ is a medley of sounds that Savages have come to hone by this point. It incorporates the noisier elements as well as slow, brooding post-punk that sounds like the excellent ‘Marshall Dear’ from 2013’s Silence Yourself. ‘T.I.W.Y.H’ (Or ‘This Is What You Get’) once again sees Jehnny Beth angry and skeptical at love, although there’s a ‘touch the flame’ tone, where she can’t help but throw herself headfirst into it. She sings ‘I mess with love’ and ‘This is what you get when you mess with love’

The bass and drums are the best parts of the song – with Fay Milton switching from rapid-fire in the noise-rock parts a slow shuffle on the quiet bridge. Ayşe Hassan, always a reliable player, commands hyper-compressed basslines that pound aggressively underneath, always there. ‘T.I.W.Y.G’, whilst great at its louder parts, shows that the band can do a mixture of loud and quiet as well as a ‘quiet’ song or a ‘loud song’. The bridge drops the tempo rapidly and the intro is a frenetic wall of sound. The song isn’t as gripping or surprising as ‘The Answer’, but it’s a further hint that Savages are going even more aggressive this time around.