Sasha Sloan is lonely, but not alone.
(“Not alone, not alone, not alone,” as a Most Personal Alien To Date once glitchily proclaimed.)
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, who perfectly captured the plight of the introvert at the party with her gorgeous “Normal” earlier in 2018, is back after inking a record deal with RCA with a brand new delicately sung, depressed beauty called “The Only,” which will be included on her upcoming EP due out in November.
“I stay in bed and shut the blinds / Don’t even know where I would go / But I know that there’s gotta be somebody out there / There’s gotta be somebody somewhere who needs company / And its comforting to know / I can’t be the only one who’s lonely tonight / No, I can’t be the only…”
Her voice is lovely in its vulnerability, especially in her quietest moments like this one. The gradually building production that joins her after the two minute mark – the drums, the piano, the heavenly harmonizing in the background – also serves to illustrate the song’s point.
Sasha’s stayed impressing me for some time now with her songwriting skills – her throbbing collaboration with King Henry, “I’ll Be There,” remains a favorite for night time strolls – and this one’s no exception.
For the pop nerds, if you do some Discogs digging, you’ll also find that Sasha’s popped up as a co-writer on plenty of poppier releases from some faves in the recent past as well: Tinashe‘s “Faded Love,” ALMA‘s “Phases,” Charli XCX‘s “Track 10.”
Is “The Only ” the perfect #lit bop for your Friday night pre-game? Perhaps not. But a lovely comforting for your next Sunday morning 3 AM existential crisis and/or depressive episode? That’s more like it.
She’s also heading out on the road starting in October. Go and check her out. You won’t be the only one.
“The Only” was released on September 6. (iTunes)
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Photo credit: Nicolita Bradley / RCA