“We didn’t think we could be more obsessed, we were wrong”
– Don’t Bore Us
“An artist whose emotive pop sound feels like a step – if not a leap – into the future”
Sydney alt/pop songwriter Sarah Wolfe grapples with social anxiety in her fizzy new anthem ‘Killing Time’, out today accompanied by the charming video shot and edited during lockdown. The release comes with the news of Sarah’s signing with Cooking Vinyl Australia.
Abounding punk energy pairs with bubble-gum pop and a huge singalong chorus to see Sarah own her insecurities on ’Killing Time’ and masterfully communicate the experiences and anxieties of Gen Z with a relatability that would apply to any person, at any age. For all the disconnection and discontentment that is implied by the psychological prison that her anxiety presents, Sarah shares equal strength and empowerment on the track, given the openness and self-awareness on display in her songwriting.
Calling for the importance of living life for yourself, and not the acceptance of other people, the song is a reminder to all that these are widely experienced personal struggles and the listener isn’t alone in their feelings. ‘Killing Time’ was written in two hours with production mastermind Xavier Dunn (Jack River, CXLOE) and songwriter Demi Louise, with Sarah sharing “It’s very much about social anxiety: that everyone secretly hates you, no one wants to spend time with you, and all the pressure that swirls around your mind when you’re with a group of people. I really wanted to encapsulate the fear that you’re not living up to your full potential because you have so much anxiety holding you back. I know I’m not alone in these fears, so I want this track to remind the listener that their feelings are valid and they aren’t alone in the world.”
The video was shot by Sarah and Xavier whilst isolated in regional NSW during the state’s latest lockdown, and with the stunning natural backdrop creates a lulling sentiment that perfectly juxtaposes the high-strung themes of ‘Killing Time‘ by associating warmth and beauty with being alone.
Sarah’s depth and penchant for catchy hooks, along with her unfaltering DIY ethos and style, played a role in her signing to Cooking Vinyl Australia. On how this latest addition to their illustrious roster came to be, Co-Managing Director Stu Harvey shared “Late last year I was working in my office, with triple j Unearthed playing, and it was one of those classic moments where a song stops you in your tracks. Sarah’s single ‘I’ll Never Be Happy Again’ hooked me; I loved the smart, fun lyrics, the production and the attitude. I went into a rabbit hole listening and reading everything I could, before reaching out to her. We talked for ages – she told me about her music and vision, then she sent some demos, and I knew when I woke up the next day still humming the hook, that we had to sign Sarah Wolfe to Cooking Vinyl Australia.”
As an integral member and collaborator within Sydney’s community of up-and-comers, the past two years have seen Sarah Wolfe share the stage with beloved indie-rockers Lime Cordiale, rising pop-rockers Teenage Dads and pop darling merci, mercy. During this time, she released the singles ‘I’ll Never Be Happy Again’ and ‘100 Times ft. The Flower’, receiving airplay on triple j,2SER, 4ZZZ and Radio Adelaide to name a few, plus praise from local media including NME Australia, Music Feeds and Women In Pop. Now at the tail-end of 2021 and the promises of ‘freedom day’ accelerating around the country, Sarah’s plans to hit the tour circuit aren’t too far on the horizon.
SARAH WOLFE – ‘Killing Time’ [Single]
Out now via Cooking Vinyl