Molly Sarlé has shared a new single + video entitled ‘This Close‘. The song is a propulsive, haunting highlight off Sarlé’s debut album Karaoke Angel (due out this autumn via Partisan Records) and tells a story about falling in love with a karaoke singer in Big Sur. The video was directed by Megan Lovallo for Kitty Disco and filmed on a southern California beach.
Sarlé says of ‘This Close’: “I wrote ‘This Close’ about falling in love with someone while I was living in Big Sur – specifically about the ways we look to be loved by one another, the ways we try to satisfy our longing, the ways we tell each other we understand each other, and the ways our desire to be loved can play out in addictive behaviour. Living up in those mountains, I felt like spirits were living in the landscape. That’s what I think about when I listen to this song. With the video I wanted to explore what those spirits might look like if they took human form – how they would express themselves, and how they might embody and reflect some of the wisdom that exists in the landscapes that surround us.”
Sarlé previously released her debut single ‘Human‘ back in January earning praise from NPR, The Sunday Times, Gorilla vs. Bear, The Line of Best Fit, The 405 and more. Sarlé (1/3rd of the group Mountain Man) wrote and recorded Karaoke Angel over 3 years – living in a cliffside trailer in Big Sur, even spending time in an actual monastery before coming back home to Durham (NC), finally settling into a church-turned-recording studio in Woodstock (NY). She combines those two worlds – West Coast incantations with a warm Appalachian glow – to make an album of open-hearted, unflinching song writing equally appropriate for late-night karaoke comedowns, plaintive morning walks, and conjuring the spirit world.
Alongside ‘This Close’, today sees the news of Sarlé’s first UK shows playing Karaoke Angel, which include a stop-off at this year’s End of the Road festival and what’s bound to be a beautiful London show at St. Pancras Old Church. Sarlé’s full UK/EU run is as follows:
Aug 30th | Brighton – Green Door Store
Aug 31st | Salisbury – End of the Road Festival
Sept 1st | North Yorkshire – The Band Room
Sept 2nd | Glasgow – Broadcast
Sept 3rd | Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
Sept 4th | London – St. Pancras Old Church
Sep 15th | Belgium – Leffinge – Lefflingeleuren Festival
For a full touring itinerary and to read more about Molly Sarlé, head to: https://www.mollymusic.net/about/