Meet Sasha Sloan, ODESZA collaborator and LA's next big star
After collaborations with Kygo, King Henry and more, Sasha Sloan has her eyes set on the future with two new singles, Normal / Fall.
ODESZA's bold and cinematic third album A Moment Apart featured a lot of guest collaborators, but only a few truly stood out above ODESZA's dense and lush productions. One of these was Sasha Sloan, a relatively unknown Los Angeles songwriter whose vocals shined in the album's penultimate track Falls. Over the past few years, Sloan has worked with a wide array of electronic musicians – Kygo, Major Lazer collaborator King Henry and Kaskade among them – but now she's branching out, setting her sights on a big, independent future away from the EDM-tinged sounds that have backed her career thus far. Ready Yet and Runaway were the first of these singles, with the latter featuring Sloan softly croon above a tender production that warps between subtle piano melodies, guitar, and a popping electronic backing. It was tender and moody yet beautifully written, highlighting her strong songwriting skills which only grow when they're not chained by grand EDM productions.
Now she's back, further highlighting this beautiful songwriting with another two singles, Normal and Fall. Normal, like Runaway before it, is a subtle electronic-leaning affair which pairs calming melodies with a driving, yet not relentless bass kick which keeps everything around it in check. It's a perfect bridge between soft pop and a radio-friendly indie sound that'll feel at home amongst Amy Shark's well-loved carol, and perfect for Australia's love for subtle indie-pop. Fall is similar, with a twinkling, starry instrumental quietly combining piano and strings while Sloan's vocals take the spotlight in the centre stage. Check both of the singles out below, and keep your eye on Sasha Sloan as she grows into an incredible songwriter over the rest of 2018 (and beyond).
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