- David Bentley
Sarah Klang – Endless Sadness (single)
In a similar vocal category to her recently featured compatriot, Ellen Krauss, Sarah Klang sings with vintage country and Americana influences.
She is a well-known name around Scandinavia who has supported First Aid Kit and performed a sell-out tour of her own, and the writer of a Swedish Grammy-winning debut album which went to number 1 in Sweden. While working as a waitress, she made the decision to start writing her own songs, using the long history of classic love songs as her starting point.
Her vocal style falls somewhere between Stevie Nicks and The Seekers’ Judith Durham, and is one that isn’t common just now. It has novelty value, but far more tangible is her undoubted quality. She calls herself "the saddest girl in Sweden" and employs self-deprecation in her lyrics which is unusual. This is an acoustic version of a song which has previously been released.
A new album 'Creamy Blue', her second, was released late last year and the original 'Endless Sadness’ was on it. The record has been nominated for both the ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Alternative Pop’ categories of the 2020 Swedish Grammys, as well as the ‘European album of the year’ IMPALA award. ‘Creamy Blue’ is an ode to 21st century relationships – be they platonic or romantic.
There are undoubtedly people who will find a non-stop diet of slowly-delivered grief to be simply too sad to contend with and for that reason I hope Sarah can vary content, tempo and delivery a little. The last song of hers I reviewed, ‘New day coming’, was considerably more upbeat for sure. But whichever style she chooses that vocal is spot on.
Sarah Klang played a sold-out debut UK show at London's The Lexington in December last year and has three dates pencilled in for November in support of her album (below).
‘CREAMY BLUE’ UK TOUR-DATES
November 18 - London - Bush Hall
November 19 - Manchester - The Deaf Institute
November 20 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
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