Cash Savage and The Last Drinks navigate heartbreak and the loss of the future in So This Is Love
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02.05.2023

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks navigate heartbreak and the loss of the future in So This Is Love

So This Is Love
WORDS BY BRYGET CHRISFIELD

On album number five, Cash Savage considers what love means to her “as a queer woman coming to terms with a marriage breakup and a mental breakdown”.

Savage’s lyrical contemplation during the opening title track (“I’m not mine/ You’re not yours/ So this is love/ It’s everything I wanted it to be…”) is accompanied by minimal instrumentation, which gradually intensifies until The Last Drinks activate full beast mode. 

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“Inside my head sounds like a birdcage/ And the birds are waging war with cohesive thought/ And it’s loud in there” – Hold On is disquieting, with Savage opening up about her declining mental health. Steeped in fury, Push’s backbone – a menacing, trance-inducing single-note riff – conjures QOTSA’s Feel Good Hit Of The Summer as Savage’s downward emotional spiral threatens to engulf her (“I’m not feelin’ too hot today/ I’m not feelin’ too hot today…” Penned by Savage inside her one-bedroom flat in the middle of Melbourne’s fifth lockdown, this diary of an unravelling mind is heightened by a suffocating arrangement. 

Just three songs in and we’re already fully spent! Then Every Day Is The Same offers some temporary respite, with Kat Mear’s mournful violin cushioning Savage’s fall. 

As Savage navigates heartbreak while also grieving the loss of the future she’d imagined for herself, we’re moved by her unflinching honesty. Brace yourselves for a harrowing and cathartic listening experience.

Label: Mistletone 

Release date: April 28

Listen to So This Is Love here.