AOTY 2019

SASAMI

SASAMI - SASAMI
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #389 / 614
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
2019 Ratings: #469
March 8, 2019 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Line of Best Fit

She boasts a unique approach to production and songwriting and switches effortlessly between styles without ever losing coherence. Although SASAMI is a debut album, it feels more like the work of an artist whose craft is already honed - and that's because it is.

80
Exclaim!

Sasami is a gifted writer who is careful to develop arrangements that heighten the emotions of her songs. Listeners will relish the detail poured into her debut, its polish not too shiny to obscure the raw experiences that its songs are drawn from.

80
DIY

As a body of work, it sounds eerie and complex while still remaining delicate and cohesive and it’s a bold and well-rounded debut.

80
The 405

If sorrow can somehow be made pleasant, Sasami is the one to do it, as in its 40 minutes, the music found here never grows troubling, nor feel overly troubled.

80
NME

Tales of disintegrating relationships, told with searing honesty, are underpinned by lushly woven arrangement.

80
AllMusic

It's full of great songs -- the kind that hit the poppy, hooky buttons hard while still getting in deep and touching the heart, too. It's a brilliant debut and immediately vaults Ashworth and SASAMI to the head of the class of 2019.

70
Drowned in Sound

Reinforced by the layered repetition that comes with recording on tape, this album finds its grace by turning heartache into cheeky, fork-tongued refrains.

70
Loud and Quiet

... tracks that depict an individual at times riddled with resentment, and at others seeking and perhaps achieving catharsis.

70
No Ripcord

With a gift for confessional lyrics, a dusky, atmospheric touch and an outside-the-box mindset, Ashworth has more than proven that this is the time for her to step into the spotlight.

70
Pitchfork

Sasami Ashworth’s debut union of synthesizer decay and guitar reverb that embodies shoegaze’s supernatural ability to conjure sadness from the void.

70
Under The Radar

Though on occasion the album can seem to retread the same ground, there are enough interesting genre exercises (see the lithe space-funk of "Jealousy") and dynamic production decisions to compensate.

60
Northern Transmissions

The eponymous SASAMI is less a big splash in indie rock and more of a continual, sure- handed paddling along by a seasoned musician, with songs circling around retrospection and scorn.

60
Dork

It feels personal and prodigious, but there is an urge of something more, a wish that she would express her vocals in an equally impassioned way as she does with the instrumentation, which would take this record to another dimension.

60
The Skinny

SASAMI is the sound of an artist stepping into the limelight and forging their own distinctive sound.

ThrowBackG
77
I'm not sure what it is about this album, but it just strikes a chord with me. Maybe it's just because of the switch to spring? I dunno. I find it easy to drift away with this piece of music. It's pretty vibrant like spring itself, even if it took a few listens to get fully invested.
Tallglassofwate
64
To whoever actually follows my page, you may have noticed my absence. In the summer months, I try to do a bit of traveling and I haven't really gotten the chance to get on the computer and review any music. But with the fall approaching, I'll (hopefully) have some more time to review music. Lets start with this one that I got around to listening to but never commenting on.

Sasami's debut doesn't offers us anything new. Sasami has a character and vocal style that is uncannily similar to ... read more
ChaseSab
89
The first time I listened to this album I was in a very crowded, noisy place. I almost couldn't hear it though my headphones so I had almost no reaction to the songs as they passed by. As soon as the final song ended, I found that I immediately wanted to listen again even though I couldn't remember a single song. The more I've listened, the more it has grown on me. It's an album of great depth where it's most understated moments like "Free" and "Turns Out I Was Everyone" ... read more
musicmagpie55
58
SASAMI sounds like the intersection of Jay Som and Broadcast. While I like her voice and the atmosphere she creates on this record, I was hoping for something more memorable. She creates reflective bedroom pop through repetitive rhythms and lyrics. This works well on songs like the closing track as the repetition fits the lyrics. The song becomes more meditative as it mulls over the same thought over and over again. I wish she sang a little stronger as well as there are times that the melody ... read more
holsgr
35
☆½ ~ Exiguous work. Overmuch flawed and mediocre composition.
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Track List

  1. I Was a Window (feat. Dustin Payseur)
  2. Not the Time
  3. Morning Comes
  4. Free (feat. Devendra Banhart)
  5. Pacify My Heart
  6. At Hollywood
  7. Jealousy
  8. Callous
  9. Adult Contemporary (feat. Soko)
  10. Turned out I Was Everyone
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