Sultry and smart, Sydney-based electro-soul artist SAYAH says, “If someone tells me I have to do something, I’ll do the complete opposite!” Possessing an exciting streak of rebellion, SAYAH also exhibits warmth and fragility, and this complex contradiction makes her debut EP Chemically Balanced so arresting and hypnotic.
I’ve recently written SAYAH’s Bio for her management company Volkanik. She releases her EP early in 2018, which showcases not only her caramel-flavoured vocals, but importantly, both her strength and vulnerability.
Written and produced in collaboration with local luminaries Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac) and David Andrew (Gang of Youths), Chemically Balanced features the intoxicating singles “Bad Drugs” and “Addicts” (which climbed to Number 1 on Triple J’s Unearthed chart and drew immediate comparisons to Ngairre and Amy Winehouse). Inspired by a toxic relationship, SAYAH’s EP is underpinned by a common motif, and she admits, “It was so unhealthy, yet it had this addictive power over me, which is why the theme of addiction features so strongly. At least I was able to channel that experience into this record, and that was vital to my growth.”
Featuring SAYAH’s simmering vocals, disarmingly honest lyrics and intelligent, unnerving production (especially on the powerful “He’s Not Over Me” and “Take A Second”), Chemically Balanced is a soul-baring, confessional EP designed to make every listener feel like a personal confidante. SAYAH says, “If I can get one person that says to me, ‘I know exactly how it feels’, my work is done.”
Check out her new video Bad Drug here.
Michael from Tea or Copy.