Today, the Los Angeles-based artist SASAMI announced she has signed to Domino with the release of ‘Not The Time’. The FADER who premiered the song, described the track as a “fully-formed, heart-striking gem”.
‘Not The Time’ follows ‘Callous,‘ which Pitchfork named Best New Track earlier this year, calling it “thrilling and personal.” Stereogum said ‘Callous’ “has the polish and assuredness of someone that’s been honing their craft for a long while now.”
Of the songs, SASAMI says “’Not the Time’ and ‘Callous’ are basically entries in the diary that is my first record of songs. Maybe it’s a mix of a diary and a collection of letters; written but never sent, to people I’ve been intimately involved with in one way or another. Ok, maybe they’re more like over-dramatic drafts of texts that you compose in the Notes section of your iPhone, but either way they come from a place of getting something off my chest. I wrote both of these songs on tour on a guitar on my iPad with GarageBand plugins and Moog 15 app sounds and then re-recorded them in the studio onto tape with really great tones. So it’s kind of like emotionally scribbling a letter on a tear and snot-stained napkin and then re-writing it on fancy papyrus paper to make it look like you have your shit together.”
Both songs are now available digitally everywhere, and a limited physical version on 7″ vinyl is available for pre-order via Domino.
SASAMI (Sasami Ashworth) has been making music in the Los Angeles area, in almost every way you can, for the last decade. From playing French horn in orchestras and studios and playing keys, bass, and guitar in local rock bands (Cherry Glazerr, Dirt Dress), to contributing vocals/string/horn arrangements to studio albums (Curtis Harding, Wild Nothing, Hand Habits, etc.) and producing on tracks for other respected artists (Soko), she has gained a reputation as an all-around musical badass.
After graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 2012, SASAMI spent her time scoring and making orchestral arrangements for films, commercials and studio albums, as well as being a deeply committed music teacher in Los Angeles. She spent the previous two and a half years touring the world non-stop playing synths in the band Cherry Glazerr and is now taking a turn to focus on her own music. SASAMI has already shared bills with the likes of Japanese Breakfast, Liz Phair, The Breeders and Blondie.
Photo credit: Alice Baxley
Upcoming International Tour Dates:
9th October – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall ^
10th October – Ft. Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery ^
11th October – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
12th October – Reno, NV @ Holland Project ^
16th October – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^
31st October – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Paris Avant-Garde Festival
1st November – London, UK @ The Shacklewell Arms Tickets
2nd November – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club !
3rd November – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol Tickets
5th November – Cologne, DE @ Luxor ~
6th November – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow ~
7th November – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus Szimpla ~
8th November – Utrecht, NE @ Le Guess Who Festival
10th November – Kortrijk, BE @ Sonic City Festival
30th November – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
1st December – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
2nd December – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *
^ with Soccer Mommy
! with Menace Beach
~ with Snail Mail
* with Mitski
‘Not The Time / Callous’ artwork
1. Not The Time