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Sasha Siem releases new single ‘See Through’ music video

Sasha Siem 
New single ‘See Through’ Released Today June 2 (WATCH VIDEO)
Featuring remixes by East India Youth, Matthew Herbert and Highasakite
Purchase on iTunes HERE
Taken from debut album Most Of The Boys 
To Be Released on June 30
Anglo-Norwegian artist Sasha Siem releases a new single “See Through,” which is taken from her forthcoming acclaimed debut album, Most Of The Boys (June 30). The single is released with a remix bundle today June 2 via iTunes. Along with the original version, the EP contains remixes by Highasakite, and Scandinavian artist du jour- East India Youth, backed by the bonus B-side of "Proof" remixed by Matthew Herbert. XLR8R credits Herbert for "keeping the haunting vocals of the original, but melds them with industrial-tinged percussion, floating pads, and a rumbling low end."

“See Through,” and the debut LP as an entity, see Sasha’s classically trained musical background collide colourfully with her appreciation of contemporary artists such as Andrew Bird and PJ Harvey, while the single itself is “a call to the Sisters of Desire,” says Sasha, “to break open the confines of what we think we see with our eyes and our hearts.”

Written during a spell in Berlin and later produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist) at Reykjavik’s legendary Greenhouse Studios, Siem’s debut LP Most Of The Boys is a song cycle. Its twelve songs are as linked by their themes as by the sonic world they inhabit - born of an unlikely collusion of influences that Siem has woven together: her years spent composing and performing award-winning contemporary classical music; her fascination with like-minded lovers of innovative songwriting and unusual arrangements and her youthful love of the canon of great songwriters that emerged in the 1960s.

At its core, Most Of The Boys is a love story; the songs demonstrate a protagonist on a quest through a series of entangled relationships and binding attachments. The LP boasts beautifully intricate instrumentation on the album’s opening title track, powerful drama in the climax to “Proof,” while “My Friend,” “Tug Of War” and “Silence” highlight Siem’s majestic vocal delivery amid aching, placid melancholy. It is frequently startling – both musically and lyrically – and betrays a rare love of words and wordplay, something displayed right from the album’s opening lines.

Sasha Siem grew up in London as the daughter of a Norwegian father and an English Art-historian mother. She began playing the piano at the age of five, picked up the cello soon afterwards, and by the age of 11 found herself studying at London’s Guildhall at weekends. By her 20s – having studied at Cambridge and, later, Harvard – she had composed for, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, while in 2010 she won a prestigious British Composer Award. Being a lover of poetry though, she yearned to write songs which would marry her words and music, rather than the orchestral or chamber pieces that had dominated her commissioned work to date. When initial experiments with singers proved frustratingly formal, Siem undertook a year-long retreat to Berlin, where she wrote her first collection of songs that would grow into a debut album that manages to be imposing yet subtle, playful and ever-sincere.
- Read the full story at UnRatedMagazine.com

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