Mornings in London start out cold and gloomy; the sun creeps in slowly, the weather warms up, and ultimately calls for a vibe like SASAMI. There's a certain melancholy and subdued chaos that’s sparked by SASAMI’s music. Over the last decade, the Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist has been crafting her sound by working behind-the-scenes as a synth player for Cherry Glazerr, opening for the likes of Soccer Mommy and Japanese Breakfast, scoring music for films and commercials, and working her ass off as a primary school music teacher. This year, SASAMI has finally taken the solo route with the release of her debut, self-titled album.
SASAMI is a stream-of-consciousness in the form of shoegaze indie rock. A collection of bittersweet tunes crafting heartbreak and honesty. “Turned Out I Was Everyone” is the album finale where SASAMI voices her vulnerability with wispy but resonant vocals. In loop she sings, “Thought I was the only one (to be so alone in the night) / Turned out I was everyone” over a somber electric guitar riff, wavering synths, and steady snare drum.
Though SASAMI admittedly didn’t take much thought in writing the lyrics, the words weigh heavy. We recall the monotony and loneliness of routine with every lyric repetition, but are reminded that loneliness is not contingent on relationship status — it’s something we all feel at times.
Listen to the rest of SASAMI’s rollercoaster of thoughts and stream SASAMI, here.