Sarah Williams White is the latest signing to South London label First Word Records. Hailing from the 'Hilly Fields of Lewisham' Sarah is part of a new wave of artists from her corner of London that includes Mo Kolours, Henry Wu as well as her brother Paul White. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Sarah cites influences including Jamie Lidell, Erykah Badu and PJ Harvey as well as more contemporary acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote and Thundercat. Her sound mixes soulful, intricate vocals with subtle beats and layered harmonies.
This approach is writ large across 'Hum', the first single taken from her debut mini-LP 'Of The New World' due out later this year. Over a skittering beat Sarah showcases both her deft songwriting and breathtaking vocal abilities. Her deceptively intricate production is pulled together with a catchy hook and backed with layers of handclaps, percussion and vocal melodies.
On the flip Sarah's brother Paul (Golden Rules / One-Handed Music) creates a shimmering, eerie backdrop for Sarah's vocals, adding darker textures to stunning effect. It confirms Paul's status as one of the most interesting musical talents that the UK has produced over the last few years.
released November 6, 2015
Written, produced & performed by S. Williams White.
Mixed by Timmy Rickard.
Mastered by Noel Summerville.
Photo credit: Jessica Swann
We both search for meaning, for a reason
I am just another version of you
Another shade, in another season.
You move and I will shadow
But in another time and space
Reflection might be different
But different paths line the face.
We add another frequency to the hum.
Like two strands of life
Swaying to the beat outside
Like two colours
Changing with the mood around us.
Adding to it's complexity
Adding another frequency to the hum.
It was your love
Every ebb and flow from your love
To the hum.