As the jittery guitar growls and the throbbing bass lurches, you get the feeling that Thayer Sarrano‘s “Touch My Face” is moving in a circle, spiraling ever downward into a deep reservoir of darkness–a reservoir you want to sink into.
Led by her dulcet voice and enigmatic lyrics, you’ll follow Sarrano down into the darkness, as far as she wants to go. Pitting a murky, ominous, lumbering arrangement against her ethereal voice, with its consciously mysterious dearth of affect (is the titular refrain a command? a plea? both?), Sarrano crafts a sound that is hauntingly eerie. Bringing this palette to a canvas that includes country, psych, Southern Gothic, even industrial, it’s easy to imagine this song scoring True Detective‘s first season.
Given the fact that she grew up in a monastery and the coastal swamplands of coastal southern Georgia, Sarrano’s sound is not at all surprising. Moreover, it’s thrillingly hypnotic. After her coastal upbringing, Sarrano eventually moved inland to the eternal music hub of Athens, GA, which is now her home base. Since setting up shop and making her music her livelihood, Sarrano has played with the likes of Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven and of Montreal while maintaining a steady solo career. Following her debut in 2009 and a follow-up in 2012, she’s now set to her release her third album, Shaky.
Stream “Touch My Face” below and find Sarrano on tour (dates at bottom) before Shaky‘s release on August 28 (pre-order here):
08.15 – Bearsville Theatre w/ Cracker (Woodstock, NY)
08.20 – Cox Capitol Theater w/ Kishi Bashi (Macon, GA)
08.28 – Pappy and Harriet’s w/ Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, and more (Pioneer Town, CA)
09.17 – Sky City (Augusta, GA)
09.18 – Seney-Stovall Chapel (Athens, GA)
09.23 – Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
09.25 – The Five Spot (Nashville, TN)
09.29 – Petra’s (Charlotte, NC)
10.09 – Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY)