The self-titled album from SARRA smolders with a sublime emotionality that veers precariously on the border of bliss and abject darkness. The album's strongly feminine alt-pop was inspired by a soulful victory over intense personal tumultuousness.
“So much of this album is about experiencing this duality of extreme highs and lows - the dark and light - love verses pain,” SARRA shares. “The story here is me going through fire to be who I am supposed to be, and not being scared shitless to say what I have to say.”
The 14-song album opens with “Invitation,” a track that, at first, crackles with lo-fi ambience but patiently unfolds, to reveal the collection’s lush textured alt-pop aesthetic. Standouts on SARRA include “Invisible,” “Kerosene,” and “Natural.” The sensually spare “Invisible” glowers with the kind of restless emotionality that keeps you tossing and turning, struggling to find your footing and identity in one of those ill-timed moments when your foundation collapses and a new relationship sprouts. “Kerosene” opens with acoustic guitar and gently blossoms to include infectious beats, otherworldly ambience, sharp hooks, and dynamic vocals that effortlessly ease from honeyed longing to richly expressive deep tones. The narrative arc encompasses the painfully complex transition from unbridled love to seething vengeance. Vintage soul and the bold textures of alt-pop gloriously collide on the dreamy slow jam “Natural.” The song is a love reverie that seduces with its woozy amorous feelings and its dreamy production—it’s a nod to SARRA’s roots growing up listening to classic R&B and gospel music, and it showcases SARRA’s dynamic emotionality as a vocalist.
Music and lyrics by SARRA, Jay Stolar, and Josh Goode
Produced by Josh Goode
Mixed by Bradley Prakope
Mastered by Sterling Sound
A&R by Cari Cole
Artwork by Paxton Maroney
Hair and Makeup by Beauty Dish Studios
Bass played by David DeShazo
Trumpet in Your Name played by Keith Jourdan
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