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SASAMI Finds Catharsis in the Thoughtful Rock of Her New Song ‘Free’

The single off her self-titled debut album features backing vocals by Devendra Banhart and a lovely music video filmed in Australia.

by Josh Terry
17 February 2019, 1:00pm

Photo by Alice Baxley

Though Sasami Ashworth has spent most of her career on the periphery, playing keys with Cherry Glazerr, and collaborating with acts like Wild Nothing, Hand Habits, and Vagabon, her solo work as SASAMI has already transcended her indie rock bonafides. Based off the fantastic singles she’s released in “Jealousy,” “Not The Time,” and “Callous,” three incredible first impressions which prove her self-titled debut album should be on any fan of thoughtful guitar music’s most anticipated albums list. Her songs are dynamic, introspective, and cathartic and as SASAMI explained, the album is inspired by “everyone I fucked and who fucked me last year.” It’s out March 8 via Domino Records.

Her latest track “Free” continues this unassailable trend. Opening with a disorienting blast of feedback, the track is actually fairly understated backing subtle backing vocals from Devendra Banhart. Ashworth and Banhart harmonize on, “We both know what you're drinkin’ / And my smokes are running out / I don't care what tomorrow brings.” As Ashworth explains in a statement to Noisey, "'Free' is a lopsided duet about how destiny plays into matters of the heart—how sometimes when you lose in love, freedom is the consolation prize, and in that way, you’ve actually transcended."

To go with the single release, Ashworth has also shared its accompanying music video. Directed by Riley Blakeway and shot in Australia in early 2019, the plaintive visual fits the equally wistful track nicely. Watch it below and feel free to catch her on an extensive tour supporting SASAMI.

This article originally appeared on VICE US.