The Emotional Gravitas of Saro’s EP “Die Alone” Runs Deep Check out photos from his EP release show at the Lyric Theatre
LOS ANGELES, CA- Last month, Saro released his third EP Die Alone. It’s seven songs of soulful crooning that pry into the heart of the singer and overflows with pensive emotions. Clocking in at a brisk 20 minutes, the EP feels like a mini concept album that paints for the listener a story of a love discovery (“Duplex”), confusion (“Snowblind”), desperation (“Please”), love lost (“Nothing Remains”) to denial (“Justify”), resignation (“Field of Bees”) and resignment (“Die Alone”). These are the themes that I gleaned from the selections, and maybe I’d have to ask Saro if that’s was the cycle he wanted to present, but those are the emotions that I culled from my many listens.
The emotional themes are heavy, and on your initial listen, you probably won’t feel that emotional weight. After all, the sound of the EP is propulsive. With its clean production and the way the rhythms were arranged so that breakbeats would interject a seemingly mellow passage, its sonics had me grooving like it was an FKA Twigs album, regardless of the subject matter. Couple that instrumental bed with Saro’s lilting tenor that gives each song a certain kind of heavenly atmosphere, and it’s easy to just get lost in the music.
After his impressive performance at L.A. Pride!, Blurred Culture was able to attend his EP release party where he brought his grand festival production to an intimate setting.
Kicking off the music for the evening was the L.A based artist/producer neek (née Nicole Marie). Neek is a friend of Saro’s and was actually playing in his backing band. I don’t know too much about Neek but I do know that I enjoyed her (mostly) synth-heavy, indie-pop. Similar to Saro, neek’s music has a very laid back, atmospheric vibe.
It was a short set, giving the audience just a taste of her music- presumably off of her own 2018 EP Stuck In A Loop- but it would prove to be something quite significant for her as this was apparently the first time she ever performed her own music in front of an audience. If she hadn’t had mentioned it, I would have never guessed.
With her song “something new something blue” garnering over 100K streams on Spotify, I have a feeling that she’ll be performing more gigs sooner rather than late
The next act to perform was Rainsford.
I have been absolutely jonesing to see Rainsford perform live for close two years. Ever since I heard her 2017 single “Rendezvous”, I’ve been hooked. Her vibe. The instrumentals she likes to sing on. Her voice. Ugh. Her voice. There’s a nostalgic quality to her music and her voice that has me fondly reminiscing about the early 90s pop-leaning, R&B mixtapes that I dubbed off the radio on my boom box. I’m a sucker for certain kinds of music, and so far Rainsford has not disappointed me. From “Rendezvous” to “Better Days” to “Flowers In a Vase” to her most recent single “Passionate“, she’s got my musical number.
Rainsford sounds as good live as she does on her records. Her soulful pop confections are, for lack of a better term, delightful, and I certainly hope that she follows up “Passionate” with a new collection of music. We may have gotten a sneak peek at some new music (I’m not quite sure) when she performed a song called- I think- “Love Me Like You Hate Me” (click the photo above to check out video captured from the performance).
She recently wrapped a stint opening for Aly & AJ. Hopefully, she’s back in the studio recording some more new music for her fans.
While Saro’s grand midafternoon set at L.A. Pride surely opened up some eyes and ears to new fans, there’s really nothing like seeing this young man perform his music in a dimly lit, intimate setting. The mood in the room was lush and heavy and lent itself perfectly to the overall vibe of his EP.
His performance was scaled down a bit from his L.A. performance (utilizing only two dancers as opposed to four) but the emotional depth of the music was multiplied ten-fold. Surrounded by friends and family, Saro truly left it all on the stage and was unafraid to pour his soul out.
Saro doesn’t have any domestic tour date scheduled for the immediate future. His next performance is in France on November 9th, 2019. Hopefully, that’ll change soonger rather than later.