SAVVIE 'Night Eyes' (album stream)

SAVVIE 'Night Eyes' (album stream)
Having previously fronted the folksy act Redbird, Vancouver songwriter Savannah Leigh Wellman has now turned her focus to rock with SAVVIE. Her debut album under this name is called Night Eyes, and before it drops on February 10 through her own Tiny Kingdom Records, it's available to stream on Exclaim.ca.

A press release has promised "sexy, gritty rock'n'roll." Sure enough, clean tones are largely absent here, with "Without You" featuring a brawny fuzz bass pulse and nearly every track containing jabs of overdriven, reverb-soaked guitar.

But this isn't a sonically limited album: "Gravity" is anchored a new wave drum machine swagger, while "Dreams of Surrender" builds up from quiet balladry to a lighter-waving guitar solo crescendo, and "A Blur and a Haze" is steeped in noirish western drama.

Hear it all below. SAVVIE has some British Columbia shows coming up this month; see the schedule here.