There is something magical about a live performance. And Alice Limoges‘s new music video for, “Save My Soul”, from her latest album, The Space Between, is no different. We had the good fortune to premiere a previous video from the Rockport-native’s library, “Winter Nights”, last summer (HERE) and found that her lovely, jazzy sound to be complete undeniable. The same can be said for the latest live recording of her latest single, “Save My Soul”.
When I reviewed The Space Between, this song was highlighted as “hauntingly beautiful and equally heart-wrenching” and the live version does nothing to diminish that sentiment. Bringing back the live session crew of trumpeter Carey Ozmun, bassist Sean Power and drummer Francesco Catricala, newly minted as ‘the Inside Voices’, create a continuity and subtle familiarity to the music.
“I love the way my band brings out the madness in this song,” Limoges reflected on the live version of her song. “It always feels so powerful and personal to perform this song written in one of my lowest lows. I hope that sharing songs about mental health will help break down the stigma and give someone the feeling that they aren’t alone.”
As on her previous live videos, Alice Limoges is seated at a beautiful grand piano in a dimly lit studio that sets the mood. The introductory piano chords to “Save My Soul” has that recognizable atmosphere that we should be in an after-hours jazz club sipping on whiskey neat and a cigar sitting in an ashtray releasing wisps of scented smoke. It just has that melancholy darkness that envelops the soul. In a way it is comforting because of its familiarity, but the struggle and the self-doubt is all too real. The pain of Alice Limoges‘s battle with bipolar disorder seeps into every expressive, heart-wrenching note.
It is a beauty of a song and made even more special by the fascinating variations that make live music personal. This video for “Save My Soul” captures those wonderful characteristics of each of the musicians as a part of the cohesive group. Enjoy getting lost in the raw, emotional experience.
Check out the premiere of the live music video for “Save My Soul” by Alice Limoges and the Inside Voices on YouTube below and make sure to pick up the album, The Space Between, on iTunes now!
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