Tell All Your Friends About Friend Of A Friend’s New Album, ‘In Arms’

You know when you meet someone and it makes complete sense why the universe threw them your way? That’s what happened when a mutual friend connected Claire Molek and Jason Savsani, who now perform together as the aptly-named Friend of a Friend. Their musical chemistry and bond shines through on their latest project, the explorative In Arms, which came out in late May.

We got to talk to the band about the origins of some of their favorite songs on the record, so keep reading to learn more about these tracks!

“Dream”

“Dream” is just as ethereal as its title suggests, opening with a mellow guitar before Claire hops in with her signature fluttery vocals. It’s perfect for your “Chill Afternoon” playlists, and we’re sure the experience would be even better if there was a soft rain outside.

[The song that means the most to us] seems to change over time and with our moods and what we’re reflecting on at the moment, it’s almost impossible to choose. That said, ‘Dream’ is one of the first songs we wrote together. It’s full of sentimentality for us and hard not to get a little teary-eyed when we play it.

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“Another Day”

“Another Day” has a mysterious, darkly alluring aura to it before an energetic electric guitar riff kicks in and the tempo picks up. You get the best of both worlds that Friend of a Friend offer in their music with one seriously impactful track.

In the middle of ‘Another Day,’ there’s a lyric that references a moment from [Gabriel García Márquez’s book] 100 Years of Solitude, “and if this is that life, and our time did collide, I’d live every year over, I’d bleed in a line.” There’s such a beautiful discipline in the magic of that, who or what could possibly discipline your blood into a straight line? As if to say, I love you so much that even in death I transform the chaos of this into order.

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“Up To This”

If you’re up to this track, you’re in for a treat! “Up To This” is one of the more upbeat moments on the record and the gentle guitar gives us the same vibe as some of Ed Sheeran’s earlier work. In the middle of the song, the mood switches while Claire sings acapella, only for the folksy vibes to return in an exciting crescendo.

One of the songs we recorded over again and the one that probably took the longest was ‘Up to This’ – we wanted to record something altogether and tracked everything in separate parts of the house but at the same time. Mostly, the extra time came from setting up. That live energy is really special to us and we’re grateful we were able to capture that feeling of all of us playing together.

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“I’m Blue”

The final track we got to hear about was appropriately the album’s closing track, “I’m Blue.” It returns to the cozily mysterious vibes of songs like “Another Day” while showing off some of Claire’s best vocal moments and Jason’s best instrumental details to date. Placed at the end of the project, “I’m Blue” will make sure Friend of a Friend stay in your mind for years to come.

We’re really thrilled for everyone to hear ‘I’m Blue.’ It’s one of our favorite songs, and the recording itself is particularly special. We recorded two takes of the song and chose the first one, we were still a very young band at the time and the explosive but delicate qualities of the recording surprised us that day, too. It has a really wonked tuning, so we always have to play it last and it became a kind of north star for us for where we were headed as musicians and as people.

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You can find In Arms on your favorite streaming services now, and get to know Friend of a Friend on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube! Keep reading for more from our interview with this awe-inspiring duo. 

(c) Cannon Ross

Congrats on your new album, In Arms! How does it feel to finally share the project with the world?

Thank you so much! It’s such a wild feeling. There’s something really comforting in letting go of something you’ve kept in an incubator for a long time, we feel like our whole lives are in this thing. 

Is there a certain lyric on In Arms that you’re particularly proud of?

In the middle of “Another Day,” there’s a lyric that references a moment from [Gabriel García Márquez’s book] 100 Years of Solitude, “and if this is that life, and our time did collide, I’d live every year over, I’d bleed in a line.” There’s such a beautiful discipline in the magic of that, who or what could possibly discipline your blood into a straight line? As if to say, I love you so much that even in death I transform the chaos of this into order. 

Which song on In Arms are you most excited for fans to hear?

We’re really thrilled for everyone to hear “I’m Blue.” It’s one of our favorite songs, and the recording itself is particularly special. We recorded two takes of the song and chose the first one, we were still a very young band at the time and the explosive but delicate qualities of the recording surprised us that day, too. It has a really wonked tuning, so we always have to play it last and it became a kind of north star for us for where we were headed as musicians and as people. 

Which song on In Arms means the most to you?

That sort of thing seems to change over time and with our moods and what we’re reflecting on at the moment, it’s almost impossible to choose. That said, “Dream” is one of the first songs we wrote together. It’s full of sentimentality for us and hard not to get a little teary-eyed when we play it. 

(c) Cannon Ross

Which song on the album took the longest to make?

All of the songs on the album were originally recorded on tape with just Jason on the guitar and Claire singing, and, because the whole thing really started on a whim, the root of the album is basically a just a live tracking over a few hours we had in this really rad studio called Welcome to 1979 in Nashville. We actually hadn’t even planned on going to Nashville, we had planned on going to Miami and just happened to stop in Nashville along the way. 

After a day or so we realized someone could probably do a better job recording us than we could, and we basically just recorded everything we had written up until that point, about 30 songs, and did a few takes of each. We decided to add instrumentation with the engineer we worked with and really loved, Jeremy Bernstein, and re-record a couple tracks over what came to just a week. It was a really magical process, start to finish. One of the songs we recorded over again and the one that probably took the longest was “Up to This” – we wanted to record something altogether and tracked everything in separate parts of the house but at the same time. Mostly, the extra time came from setting up. That live energy is really special to us and we’re grateful we were able to capture that feeling of all of us playing together. 

Who were some of your influences on the album’s sound?

We never really sat down and said, “hey, let’s have it sound like this or that,” and because of that it’s hard to pinpoint maybe what in particular really comes through. We’re not particularly prescriptive when it comes to songwriting, we really let things come to us and then do our best to serve the song to the best of our ability. Because of that, it’s definitely an amalgamation of music we’ve loved and probably also music we don’t love and everything in between. 

Your music is such an eclectic and unique mix of everything from folk to rock and beyond. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Claire grew up listening to folk and classic rock and singing in choirs, Jason grew up attending Gujarati jam sessions and playing in bands. Both of us were given and obsessed over Radiohead, The Beatles, and The Cranberries from a very young age. We connected initially over our love of Flamenco and bands like TV on the Radio, Sibylle Baier, Caribou, Jai Paul, Jose Gonzalez, James Blake, M83, Angel Olsen, Future Islands, Bloc Party, DEHD, The Killers, Big Thief, Arcade Fire. We definitely love a great pop banger. 

Recently, we’ve been super geeking out over Billie Holiday, Cocorosie, Karen Dalton, Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, Lana del Rey, Chet Baker [which are] are all big influences for Claire in particular. Jason has a deep love for Bill Callahan, Mars Volta, The Microphones, Ben Böhmer, Jamie XX, Tool, Dntel, Yves Tumor. 

If it weren’t for COVID-19, what would your dream album release cycle/promotions look like?

We’d love to be touring around Brazil right now! We have a ton of fans there and it would be so rad to connect with them. In the meantime, we’re working on our next album with a really radical producer in Joshua Tree and keeping our fingers crossed that venues stay open and plan to play in Europe.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with your music already, which of your songs would you recommend to them to get a feel for who you are as an artist?

“I’m so Happy” or “I’m Blue” are probably good places to start. They’re cinematic and fierce, but also tender and vulnerable, and that seems like a good way to describe how we are as a band. 

We at TREMG love getting to know new artists who haven’t gotten the success or attention they deserve. Who are some of your favorite underrated artists at the moment?

Jessica Pratt. James Kirvchenia recently released a record that is super rad. Dos Santos. 

Is there anything else you’d like to mention that the questions didn’t touch on?

All the stars are in your eyes.

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