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Wednesday, Apr 17 2013

Savages' sudden blast upward proves that you should never underestimate the value of mystique. The London post-punk outfit has only been active since October 2011, but it's already amassed a substantial following among music journalists based on the electricity of its live shows. In early 2012, U.K. writers dished one grandiose compliment after another to the band, and as the group has begun making waves stateside, the wild flattery and excitement have crossed the Atlantic, too. Truthfully, there are a lot of good things about the foursome's output — the frantic and unpredictable vocals, the panther-bodied guitars, the noise rock undercurrents, the sense that greater chaos is looming — but perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Savages is how the group's aloofness has made it so captivating. After Silence Yourself, its debut record, arrives via Matador in May, it'll be intriguing to see how that reputation mutates.

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