Ohio-based solo artist Sarah Asher sings with an unusual voice that can take most listeners off guard. Her music is an inventive form of electrified, free-folk with hints of Pacific Island tones. With distinctive vocal stylings that are both rough and serene, Asher dispenses simple tales of love in a mysterious world.
Sarah Asher's new album So This is Love sits somewhere between blissful pop and darker folk with moody lyrics. On the song "Half Moon", a light ukulele plays while Asher's mournful voice recalls a lost love. "Sing Song Sung" features thick church organ with an eerie Theremin. The distorted guitar and Asher's layered vocals on "Tragic Magic" give tension to what would otherwise be a simple guitar-and-voice piece, indicating something may be lurking beneath the deceptively simple surface.
The album was released on the Columbus-based independent label Tract Records.