Single Reviews - - by Sam Liddicott

SINGLE REVIEW: s a r a s a r a – Supernova

SINGLE REVIEW: s a r a s a r a – Supernova Photo Credit: Michel Jocaille

s a r a s a r a has no time for upper-case lettering or lengthy backstory. She calls Lille home and has been gathering heated praise and impassioned comparisons. Recently featured in The Guardian and tipped as an artist to watch closely – a young woman who uses technology to document and portray the agonies and dichotomies of modern-day existence. Boasting the same eccentricities and stylistic inventions of Björk – and signed to her label – it is understandable a lot of focus is being put onto sarasara. Compared to current electronic innovators such as FKA twigs and giants Aaliyah and Aphex Twin: the musician/producer releases Amor Fati on 11th November and it is already being tipped as a possible masterpiece. The heroine’s voice is birdsong-sweet and has such capacity, range and ability. Backed by huge beats and epic compositions: the commingling of delicate vocals and world-straddling compositions works surprisingly well.

Ensuring everything flows naturally and hangs together is a natural affinity and talent from sarasara. She has been performing for long enough to know her way around music but is still an artist who deserves a lot more exposure and commendation. Amor Fati is the album that will put the French artist one step closer to mainstream recognition. Latest single Supernova is an authoritative and impressive effort that is impossible to compare with anything else. Describing the track, sarasara says: “A supernovae is at the same time, the dramatic and catastrophic last stage of the life of a star system, and also an event that allows matter to expend, and triggers the formation of brand new stars. It’s the eternal cycle of life. Everything lives and dies to give birth to new things, it’s true for everything in the universe, physical, immaterial, the biggest thing, the tiniest thing, us in the middle, our feelings are no exception. This song is about the unconditional acceptance of this.”

Fire-scorched, frightening scratches burst through. The song begins stuttering and unsettled: like a lone figure sweeping through the darkness of the city. Those elements of Aphex Twin present themselves in the pulsating electronic throbs and cut-and-paste percussive snatches; little elements of a certain Icelandic artist’s alluring, almost-purred vocals make it a song both familiar and fresh. Supernova is more about the overall sound rather than the lyrical clarity and vocal explanation. sarasara’s heavy accent and barely-there delivery is more whispered than defined – you do not so much experience lines of the song; rather the odd word and syllable here and there.

Supernova, to me, sounds less like emotional distress or star-lit mystique and more a drive through a dangerous city – when the lights are going down and all sorts of characters are free and unshackled. Those hushed, reverent vocals have a strange, affecting quality – you are helpless to resist them but are nervous embracing. Composition notes are insistent and create ideas, scenes and emotions in the listener. By the final moments, you are certainly more exhausted and changed from having heard of. It will take a few listens for the song to truly sink in and start to make sense: when it does, the effects and results are evident and spectacular.

Supernova is available on Soundcloud.


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