Hailing from Queensland, Australia, Sahara Beck is an electronic pop artist who I first discovered for the blog last autumn. At the time she wowed me with her single Kryptonite, a track that features on her recently released EP, so I was keen to check out some more of her music. Here’s my track by track review of And Her Kryptonite.
By Graeme Smith
Feature photo by Michelle Pitiris @sheisaphrodite
Sahara has always impressed us with her range of styles. One minute she’s disco pop, the next indie rock. Whatever genre she’s performing, she makes it seem natural and this collection demonstrates that fact beautifully. It opens with Crave Me, a classically-infused piece of dreamy pop. It changes gears during its explosive chorus, immediately memorable and soaking in emotion.
Track two is the aforementioned Kryptonite. Following the pleading emotion of Crave Me, its upbeat disco brings the energy. Yet, it’s no bubble-gum pop. A winner of multiple song-writing contests, Sahara has a way with words and Kryptonite’s story is rich with relatable detail. Listening to it again made me fall in love with it once more.
Sahara’s latest single Nothing Wrong With That comes next. Effortlessly changing gears to a classic soul sound, its core message is that the world doesn’t work to your plan, and you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth. Its combination and classic and modern elements makes it utterly irresistible. It’s definitely a highlight.
Track four is Stillness, another one of Sahara’s we’ve had the pleasure of sharing before. This is the moment in the EP she goes rock and dives deep into autobiographical detail. She wrote it as a way of processing her difficulties with panic attacks, finding calm through its slow and deliberate style.
The EP is rounded off by a cover of Wheatus’s Teenage Dirtbag. It’s difficult to bring something new to such a well-known song, but Sahara makes it her own, slowing it down and making it a dreamy ballad to enforce its romantic core.
Sahara Beck is the real deal. Her clever song writing brings a depth that is so often missing in pop music, while her songs remain accessible and, most of all, catchy as all hell. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming any one of these five tracks for days after giving And Her Kryptonite a listen. You can check it out below.