BEST NEW TRACK: SASHA SLOAN - THE ONLY
Loneliness is a constant of the human experience and pop music. Such extreme emotions are often best dealt with through music, where sonic interludes can do the heavy lifting for intense eternal feelings. After all, it’s far easier to let some screechin' guitars and thundering bass be a stand-in for feelings of isolation and dissociation than it is to pontificate in a way that is unique and interesting about such themes.
On her latest single, “The Only,” Sasha Sloan goes the other route, letting sparseness and silence set the tone in her tale of loneliness and disconnect. The song begins with Sloan's hauntingly sad vocals and a squeaky guitar lick. As her vocals intensify and rise, the music remains minimalistic, the difference between the two augmenting the sadness and desperation of the whole song. This is a delicate balancing act that the budding indie pop star pulls off with aplomb.
“The Only” plays off dualities, contrasting solitude with a deep longing to connect with others, detailing loneliness and depression while being exquisitely beautiful musically.
What I’m trying to say is there’s a lot going on here and it’s all very good.
SASHA SLOAN - THE ONLY
While listening to Sasha Sloan’s “The Only” I was reminded of this scene in High Fidelity:
The ultimate chicken or the egg question of music. The answer likely differs for each person, but there’s an undeniable symbiotic relationship here.
Depression and anxiety is something everyone deals with, it just manifests itself in different ways and at different times. It’s one of the few things we all experience and yet is rarely talked about. While it maybe a tad reductionist to say so, tracks like “The Only” are important because they’re a reminder that these feelings are universal. Everyone suffers in their on way.
(Some of us far far far far far more than others, but that’s a different post.)
Anyways, Sasha Sloan has previously written for Charli XCX and Camila Cabello, while being featured on Kygo and Odeza tracks. This past April she dropped her debut EP sad girl, an underrated gem. Sloan will be touring the US later this fall. For dates, venues, and tickets, check out her official site.
If you need me, I’ll be alone in my room with the lights off listening to this song on repeat. Please do not disturb.
Calvin Paradise is not any one thing. The half-hearted vagabond and forgetful luddite currently resides in Los Angeles and how he spends his time is none of your damned business.