I first heard Sasami Ashworth playing keys and singing background vocals for Cherry Glazerr at a small venue in Vancouver. Even then, singing someone else’s songs, she managed to steal the show. Sasami has since quit the band to focus on her solo career, already sharing bills with the likes of Blondie, Mitski, Soccer Mommy and Japanese Breakfast. Her solo music as SASAMI veers away from the intricate electronic soundscapes she created onstage with Cherry Glazerr. Instead SASAMI’s first official singles are angsty, heartfelt guitar tunes about a failed relationship–songs steeped in sadness that give off an exuberant punk energy.
SASAMI’s newest track “Not The Time” is an instant classic rock song, paying homage to 90s-era guitar arrangments of Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth while carving out a space of her own. When she sings, “It’s not the time or place for us, but you said that you would save some space for us,” I feel the same excitement Annie Clark’s St. Vincent delivered on her 2009 LP Actor. The same can be said for “Callous,” a timeless, ferociously good song indie rock song.
Listen to SASAMI’s new singles below.