Dance Cry Dance Launches Sarabean’s Stunning Debut Album Via Exclusive First Episode of ‘The Break’ Audio Magazine

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“please don’t leave me alone” album cover

Sarabean pop artist


Accompanied by a written piece and a conversation with iHola Papi! author John Paul Brammer

I feel like I’m on the cutting edge of something in a way that I don’t normally feel when listening to music. I just appreciated his vision of intimacy, of these little moments.

— Jean-Paul Brammer

United States, March 15, 2022 / — Seventeen-year-old producer/songwriter Sarabean releases her stunning debut EP please don’t let me be via Seattle-based dance collective label Cry Dance Records. Listen to the full album, with exclusive bonus tracks, by becoming a subscriber to Cry Dance Break Dancea new audio magazine available on Substack.

In the subscription format, each episode of “The Break” pairs a DCD musical artist with a writer who creates a music-inspired short story or essay. iHola Papi! author and columnist John Paul Brammer joins Episode 002 with a story inspired by Sarabean’s dazzling EP, followed by a candid conversation between the two moderated by veteran podcast host Moe Provencher. Episode 002 includes three exclusive please don’t let me be bonus tracks, which will remain exclusive to paying subscribers following the album’s public release on April 29, 2022.

Based in Tampa, Florida, the self-taught Sarabean explores loneliness in its varied forms through this richly produced EP. Drawing inspiration from trip hop pioneers like Portishead as well as contemporary experimenters like Bleachers and Big Thief, Sarabean wrote and recorded the album alone in her bedroom during the final months of 2021. (“I decided I wanted to write an album, and it was like an explosion,” Sarabean says.)

Pieces like “Intentions” and “Belonged” float between strummed elegies and pop hooks, always gilded with haunting resonance. Sarabean’s laments for lost love, romantic and platonic, are delivered with visceral frankness, the suave melodies carrying its contemplative daydreams. The creepy undertones are echoed in the EP’s cover art, illustrated by Alyx M. (AKA @cherio.kid) an artist Sarabean found on Instagram. A true collaborator, Sarabean is already embarking on her long-term goal of producing for other artists (including an upcoming project with fellow DCD member Lindsay Liebro.)

Just as Sarabean’s music encapsulates a distinct sense of now (and the particular weirdness of what it was like to be a teenager at that time), the spirit of the times is reflected in the DCD release model. unique. With unfair compensation for artists from streaming services like Spotify and the acquisition of Bandcamp by Epic Games being hot topics, these conversations highlight a fact that musicians have known for a long time: traditional models don’t work for artists. independent.

Based on the ethos that music is art, not content; Dance Cry Dance subscriptions help support independent musicians and writers, giving them the time and freedom to continue creating, without having to rely on touring or merchandise. To this end, DCD operates as a profit-sharing model, in which all artists, writers, contributors receive ownership points on all net profits. Aimed at audiences who believe creators should be paid fairly, select episodes of “The Break” feature exclusive content available only to paying subscribers at a rate of $7 per month with the discounted option to pay annually.

The 2022 release cycle kicked off with a public mini-episode featuring Softly, to the Night, the new EP from south-central Kentucky’s Tiny Tiny, alongside a short story written by the owner and founder of DCD , Natalie Bayne. Subscribers can expect a steady stream of DCD roster material in 2022, including exclusive releases from When It Rains and Lindsay Liebro, and public releases from acts such as Cherish DeGraaf, Elhel, MariGo, and more. again, alongside works from a mix of emerging and established writers.

Olia Ougrik
LA Storyteller
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