“NEW QUEEN OF SHOEGAZE” THAYER SARRANO
SHARES NEW MUSIC VIDEO AT THE HUFFINGTON POST
NEW LP SHAKY, OUT NOW
“A potent examination of grace and perseverance amidst loss and melancholia … a slow-churning montage of arresting images—both celestial and earthbound—intercut with Sarrano’s ghostly figure whisper-singing the lyrics.” – The Huffington Post
Check out Thayer Sarrano’s video for “Thieves” at The Huffington Post
Stream tracks from Shaky via Bandcamp
RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Tara Jane O’Neil, Nothing, Minor Victories, Swervedriver, Mazzy Star, Pinkshinyultrablast, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
“A potent examination of grace and perseverance amidst loss and melancholia.” – The Huffington Post
“The New Queen of Shoegaze.” – Americana UK
“Strikes a perfect balance between foreboding and sensual … a study in contrasts, pitting hard edges against the soft allure of suggestion as Sarrano wraps her whispery drawl around flat, forceful rhythms while vaporous tendrils of steel guitar float past.” – Paste
“An aura of ‘southern gothic’ via twangy guitars, deep woodsy echoes and a rhythm like cautiously trudging through those woods. But Sarrano also exudes a patina of the urban, opiatic tenor of ’90s gaze-girls like Opal or Mazzy Star.” – CMJ
“Sarrano can morph from angel to devil in the same song. The looming atmosphere of dread and submission turns over a new page in Southern Gothic storytelling.” – PopMatters
“Pitting a murky, ominous, lumbering arrangement against her ethereal voice, with its consciously mysterious dearth of affect, Sarrano crafts a sound that is hauntingly eerie. Bringing this palette to a canvas that includes country, psych, Southern Gothic, even industrial, it’s easy to imagine her scoring True Detective‘s first season.” – Elmore Magazine
“A southern-psych-dreamland … Sarrano’s music does kinda resonate like shoegazing with a twang, but there’s a maximalist epic thing going on, too. It’s rare that a singer is able to balance synthesizers with a slow, Southern vocal palette, and it’s almost like inventing a new language of song. Well, here it is, and it’s gorgeous!” – FlyPaper
“Like a darker, edgier Natalie Merchant singing Mazzy Star with the ‘Big Music’ period of the Waterboys.” – R.E.M. attorney Bertis Downs
FEB 22, 2016 – Athens, GA-based psych/shoegaze/dream-pop artist Thayer Sarrano, who was recently dubbed the “New Queen of Shoegaze” by Americana UK, has just shared the new video for her single “Thieves” at The Huffington Post who called her most recent LP, Shaky, “A potent examination of grace and perseverance amidst loss and melancholia.” The video was shot by Curtis Wayne Millard (Shovels & Rope, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aaron Lee Tasjan).
Thayer Sarrano is forging her own path into a Southern-psych dreamland, bottling up ghosts and bringing them to life through her ethereal desert-rock hymns. The tones tremble and bend, layered in swirling atmospherics. Her angelic voice will pull you in close, sharing devastatingly beautiful and heartbreaking secrets, while shadowy figures dance in the background. This is music that envelops the listener and may transport you to another world or time. A magical place that is melancholic and haunting, yet bursting with heavenly light.
With her latest release, Shaky, the Athens, GA-based multi-instrumentalist sounds, more than ever, like where she is from. She grew up in a seminary and then the swamp in southern, coastal Georgia. Classically trained as a child, awakened by grunge in the ’90s, with chanting forever in her subconscious, she’s always written instrumental compositions and poetry. Songwriting came when she landed in the vibrant musical community of Athens, GA and began to collaborate with friends, forming her own band, and establishing herself as a studio/touring session player with of Montreal, Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris, Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven, Dave Marr, David Barbe, Kuroma and more. Her debut album, King, was released in 2009, and she was dubbed the “The new Queen of Shoegaze” by Americana UK. The sparse, raw album was recorded live in her living room in a single day. Her follow up LP, Lift Your Eyes to the Hills (2012), evolved to more complex arrangements and features single “The Bend,“ written for Groninger Museum in The Netherlands and leading to regular European touring. The record was produced by Thayer and Hank Sullivant (MGMT, Kuroma), and was an independent release as a charitable campaign for nonprofit Nuci’s Space and their teenage rock camp, “Camp Amped,” with whom Thayer is passionately affiliated. Now, with Shaky, we see Sarrano at her bravest and most vulnerable.
Written during an unstable period of loss, Shaky is a record of grace and perseverance. The honest, painted lyrics weave the mystical with personal experiences. We start to believe these seemingly abstract visions are really happening, and in this other world we see pictures we can relate to. “Crease” conjures pictures of dissolving relationships, Sarrano singing, “Your memory unties my cells / It breaks the line from your heart to mine.” In search of something greater on “Glimpses,” she sings “there’s a world at the same time as this one / It’s bright it trembles it glistens,” and floating through the mysterious ether in “Lost Art,” “Their hands are open, call to the wild / Layer landscapes, breaking the sky / I remember them from when I was a child / It’s the same little image from inside my eyes.”
Dovetailing the thick twang of the countryside with the airy, echoing vibe of an empty church, Sarrano has carved out a pocket in which her otherworldly music has room to breathe. Or perhaps the pocket was always there and Sarrano stumbled upon it, tapping into something deep and soulful and strange. Either way, once you’ve experienced it with her, you’re bound to return.