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by Sarah Williams White

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First Word Records is very pleased to bring you more new music for 2021 from Sarah Williams White!

Emanating from the "hilly fields of Lewisham" in South London, Sarah Williams White is a singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Her sound is a unique blend of psych-soul, folktronica and experimental pop.

Sarah released her acclaimed debut album 'Of The New World' on First Word in 2015, which was written, produced and performed by Sarah from her home studio, with the assistance of drummer, engineer & husband, Timmy Rickard. Her projects have seen support from the likes of Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music), Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Clash & The Guardian, and she's toured the UK with Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Golden Rules (Lex). There have been additional collaborations with label-mate Quiet Dawn (on the recent compilation/EP 'A Family Affair') and with her brother, Paul White - a revered producer in his own right, with credits including Danny Brown and Sudan Archives.

Sarah says of 'Monsters' "I had made this haunting play of space between pianet, bass and Timmy's drums which started me thinking about the scary stories and tales we tell. I had been reading about what Britain's landscapes looked like thousands of years ago and the giant animals our ancestors hunted to extinction, like the hippo bones they found when they were building Trafalgar Square. I think the feral side of us still seeks out the thrill of monsters via stories, films, or even projecting monstrous images onto others so we have something to fear and chase away."

With a voice reminiscent of Peggy Lee, tapestried harmony akin to Hiatus Kaiyote, beats fit for Little Dragon, and experimental production evocative of Kate Bush, Sarah Williams White's signature genre-defying sound invites us into a world uniquely hers.


"Future-facing… wonderfully atmospheric" - Clash

"Absolutely beautiful" - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

"New and special" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

"A shining and soulful sonic odyssey" - The 405

"Dark, feminine, chaotic" - The Guardian


I look out at our landscape differently
Now I know that there were monsters roaming freely
Hippopotamus in Piccadilly
Rhinos where I stand

That we chased away
Hunted and slayed

Imprinted on our subconscious
Genetically predisposed to seek giants

To chase away
To hunt and slay

We’re living in a era of ecological boredom
Inventing challenges to escape our ecological boredom

We need the monsters
Triumphs and tragedies
Yeah we need the monsters

To chase away
Tell our tales of how we hunted and slayed

We need the monsters
We need the monsters
We need the monsters
We need the monsters


released November 10, 2021
Written, produced and performed by Sarah Williams White
Drum Kit engineered and performed by Timmy Rickard
Mixed by Timmy Rickard
Mastered by Noel Summerville


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Sarah Williams White Croydon, UK

Songwriter • Musician • Producer
• made in south-east london

“Future-facing… wonderfully atmospheric” - Clash
“Absolutely beautiful” - Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“New and special” - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“A shining and soulful sonic odyssey” - The 405

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