Meet Sarah Stone, who brings a fierce edge to pop with What We Do
After refining her skillset and growing an audience for the last few years, the Melbourne-based musician now makes an entrance, and it's worth of attention.
Even though she's only just dropped her debut single, there's a chance you might've come across Sarah Stone already. The Melbourne-based musician is one of the few refreshing faces welcomed through reality musical TV, who has spent the last three years refining her skillset and diving head-first into her own original material, all while building a fanbase that's amongst the largest of a homegrown pop up-and-comer. She's something special; someone who promises to bring something new to pop music, in a time where the next generation are seemingly standing tall from among the rest.
The reason why we know she's someone to be excited about comes down to her debut single What We Do, which introduces the project and the musician behind it today as she kicks everything off and hits the ground running - or, in this case, sprinting. What We Do feels like the entrance of someone with a full vision behind them, contrasting these really subtle and emotionally potent verses with a rushing climactic moment that feels grand and bold; a high-tier pop moment that introduces Sarah Stone as someone to be keeping an eye on, especially as Australia's pop music world beefs up with more talent than ever.
It's also a chance for Sarah Stone to showcase a renowned skillset that's only been deepened across the last few years, presenting her ability to real tell a story through this acute storytelling and lyricism that particularly shines in the track's opening, tender moments. "This song is about complicated romance," she says on the single, which comes with the promise of a full-length EP on the way. "When you love so hard it pulls you in a million directions causing intense highs and heartbreaking lows. It's when you know it's easier to leave, but you choose to stay because it's worth fighting for.
"Love can be toxic and intoxicating at the same time and this song plays through the emotional journey of coming to terms with an incompatible soulmate."
It's a brilliant time that as mentioned, introduces someone who could very well be a future star of Australian pop music. So, with its release today - you can dive into the track below - better introduce yourself to the rising star, before she becomes a household name:
Tell us about yourself?
I'm a Melbourne based singer/songwriter who draws her inspirations from alternative, electronic dark pop.
What’s the ‘vibe’ music-wise?
I would definitely say my style is bold, dark and dramatic. I’ve always loved the feeling that big drums, sparkly synths and stacked vocals give to the listener to transport them to that amphitheatre dreamscape and I really wanted to channel that in my music.
I’ve always had a fascination and love for Nordic/Scandi Pop and if you look at my music library, it’s basically all I listen to! There is a feeling I get when listening to artists like Sigrid, LÉON, Highasakite, Robyn, Astrid S, Moyka (just to name a few) that really hit deep down in my soul and I wanted to take those inspirations and make it my own.
My writing trip last year to Sweden & Norway played a massive role in tailoring my sound and inspiring this next chapter in my music venture.
What are your production and writing processes usually like?
I’ve been really fortunate to work with an incredible friend of mine Hayden Francis on this single and upcoming future projects.
He just has that ability to deconstruct the concept in my brain and bring it to life in the most perfect and accurate way. I think we have a great working relationship where we really understand each other and let each other explore ideas and concepts until the perfectionist in both of us is fully satisfied.
Normally I’ll come to Hayden’s studio with a voice memo that has come to me in the shower or in the car or even after a really empowering live music experience and I’m feeling really inspired (most of my melodies are written when I’m somewhat distracted and my subconscious is working in overdrive) and it will normally be a particular hook or a verse/chorus concept that we breakdown and then start to rebuild piece by piece.
Can you tell us about your new single, What We Do?
This song is about complicated romance. When you love so hard it pulls you in a million directions causing intense highs and heartbreaking lows. It's when you know it's easier to leave, but you choose to stay because it's worth fighting for. Love can be toxic and intoxicating at the same time and this song plays through the emotional journey of coming to terms with an incompatible soulmate.
What does 2020 have in store for you?
I am definitely excited to share more of my projects before the year is out but for now, I will be enjoying this particular song being out in the world for a little while and celebrating this new era of my music.
It’s honestly so difficult to say with the current climate we are living in with regards to live shows and touring. I would love to be out playing shows as I’m sure every artist would, but for now we all need to stay safe and take care of each other until it’s safe to dance, hug and sing together again.
What do you want people to take away from the project?
This song is a fight between your emotions and it pulls you in and spits you straight back out. The push and pull of love is what I want everyone to feel listening to this track - the consistent battle of what's right and wrong and the choices that come with that ultimatum.
I want people to dance in their living rooms and reflect on the people they loved and who loved them in return.
Where can we find more of your music?
I will have more music for your earholes very soon but for now, I can leave you with this little treat which is my official music video for What We Do on my YouTube channel: