Drawing from influences like James Blake, Uffie, Bjork and Cocorosie, as well as her most vivid dreams, the emerging French singer/songwriter and film director Sauvane‘s work is fueled by a love of suspended moments — whether through images or through music. Her debut EP Night Thinker featured material that invited the listener to follow the French artist through her dream-like wanderings.
Since the release of her debut EP, Sauvane has been busy: she collaborated with rising electronic artists like Lonely in the Rain, ASH, and CloZee. Capping off 2020, the French singer/songwriter and film director’s latest single is the cinematic “Moonlight.” Centered around shimmering synths, skittering beats, brooding strings, a soaring hook and the French artist’s plaintive and ethereal vocals layered upon each other “Moonlight” sounds indebted to Portishead — but with a pensive and uneasy air.
As Sauvane explained to me in an email, she often has vivid dreams and nightmares, and as a result, she doesn’t sleep much. The song, she says is a deeply metaphorical and follow its narrator attempting to follow their dreams, even if things are difficult and obstacles are constantly thrown in her way.
Directed by the emerging French artist, the recently released video was filmed in the Italian mountains and follows her as she wanders the woods in her pajamas — as though she were sleepwalking. Sauvane goes on to say that the experience of filming the video was so magical that she forgot about the bitter cold conditions she was in. “I will never get tired of falling asleep under the stars in the middle of nowhere.”