Song to Get You Through the Week: Savoir Faire shows some bite on 'Sweet'

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Sarah Fard is the mastermind behind the musical project Savoir Faire.
Sarah Fard is the mastermind behind the musical project Savoir Faire.

“Sweet” is an ironic title for the new song from the Boston jazz-infused project, Savoir Faire. Certainly, project mastermind Sarah Fard's vocals have a honey-tinged whiskey feel to them, a sweetness tempered by a sharp bite, and this song makes good use of her tone.

In a lot of ways, it's a fairly straightforward song: “Don't confuse/Helpful with helpless,” sings Fard, “Cosmetic with sharp-dressed/Empathy with weak knees.” It's a rather straightforward warning about confusing “sweetness” with some sort of vulnerability. “You see my thoughts are quite contrasted,” she sings later in the song, “To that dastardly tactic/That you think because you push, that you should win.”

Fard has a way of snapping down on the end of each line, which gives an extra sharpness to the way the song patiently unfolds, Dave Brophy's drums and Andrew Moreau's lolling leisurely. A cascade of guitar notes from Fard at the bridge is almost startling, each note thickening, adding a solidity to a song which is largely built on moodiness.

One's hard-pressed to think of a song where the persona flexes empathy, but this one manages to earn it: “I lift weights with my condolences,” sings Fard, “My biceps of that moral (expletive)/I've got ten tons of sensitive/And I don't think you can handle it.”

Niceness doesn't mean weak, and being sweet doesn't mean one's a pushover. There's an awful lot of steel packed into this song, and yet somehow it doesn't lose any of its beauty. Which rather seems to be the point – the two are not antithetical, and assuming they are is almost certainly a mistake.

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Song to Get You Through the Week: Savoir Faire shows some bite on 'Sweet'

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