Swedish singer-songwriter Sarah Klang has a voice that seems to draw inspiration from outside the strictures of her own time. It feels deep and bottomless, a well-tuned reservoir of determination and vulnerability. Her music is equally complex, with songs turning themselves inside out and presenting different perspectives from within the confines of just a handful of evolving minutes. She has taken the folk and country instincts of modern Americana and infused them with a distinctly personal slant. And you can hear this balanced aural philosophy even clearer on her latest song, "Strangers"—she's also provided a new video that helps connect the sounds and sights on a purely instinctual level.
Opening with Klang riding a train before accompanying her as she heads to an empty house (well, there is a cat), she invites us into this space where a lingering presence occupies her mind. Ringed by a tangible Americana specter, this song becomes far more than your typical acoustic wisp—it finds a hard density and echoes loudly with a vivid emotional viability. Her voice shimmers and evokes lush landscapes that feel comfortable but possess a unique outlook on these particular sounds.
"Strangers," both the video and song, invokes a broad emotional connectivity, with the visuals evincing a collective sadness that is examined within the track's subtle arrangements. With a flash of organ and a shuffling percussive bounce, it resolves into a forceful exploration of loneliness and beauty through distance. She manages to keep everything feeling intimate while opening it up to a broad and inclusive interpretation. It sways and shifts from one moment to the next, revealing a striking pastoral heart.
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