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“Boundary busting discodelic soul” (The Guardian), five stars
“The funkiest sh*t we’ve heard in a while” (KCRW)
“This band are going to be absolutely huge” (Deb Grant, BBC 6)
“Absolutely dynamite” (Amy Lamé, BBC 6)
“Superb psych soul-disco debut from New York female harmony trio…. A glorious
overload of joyful elation and spiritual elevation” (MOJO), four stars
Say She She, the soulful female-led trio, stand rock solid on discodelic duty with
their boundary breaking sophomore album Silver.
“Tell them what you want – the time will soon be gone…”
Like the lyrics from their latest single C’est si Bon (it’s so good!) that features on
the album, the honeyed harmonising trio – consisting of the three strong voices
of Piya Malik (El Michels Affair staple feature, and former backing singer for
Chicano Batman), Sabrina Mileo Cunningham and Nya Gazelle Brown who front
the band – stay true to their word. These women have something to say and
they are not afraid to play with the medium. Leaning into their “boundary
busting discodelic soul” (The Guardian), their flawless harmonies twist and
writhe, capturing listeners hearts with buttery vocals, fat funky basslines,
catchy hooks and up-tempo grooves.
Silver oozes with quirk and the album is an adventure through 16 songs – a
double sided LP that opens with an incantation and ends with the title track that
will lull you into a dreamscape with a locked groove of silver noise.
The needle drops on the powerful opening track “Reeling.” Released in January,
it immediately made #1 in KCRW’s Top 10 charts. The track was playlisted at
BBC’s 6 Music and the 45 (w/ “Don’t You Dare Stop”) charted in the UK.
Opening with the fiery incantation to “Kick the door down, smash the ceiling,
leave ‘em reeling!” the song sets the mood for a musical journey imbued with
political grit, along with “Echo in The Chamber,” a song addressing gun control.
It includes the tongue-in-cheek wit of “Entry Level,” which satirizes the
condescending underestimation of a boss.
Silver span’s the depth of modern relationships – debunking fairytale myths and
remembering how Romeo and Juliet actually ended up. “Never Say Never” toys
with the irony of having so many choices that you can’t make any. Nevertheless
the lyrics are indented with moments of romantic fantasy…because even the
unblinded cynic still holds hope and wants to fall in love.
“Are we ever together? Do we even remember nothing last forever…but we never
The album shakes it all up with a laissez-faire, celebratory attitude in full-on
french discodelia of “C’est si Bon,” encouraging listeners to throw their hands up
and concede to joy because its all going to be alright and peaks with
heightened elements of operatic funk that shine through in tracks like “Bleeding
Heart” and “Questions.”
The LP further features their beloved debut single “Forget Me Not,” a gritty funk
send-up inspired by NYC’s Guerilla Girls, which made a huge first splash. It was
premiered by DJ Novena Carmel on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and
described by Jeremy Sole as “the funkiest sh*t I’ve heard in a while!”
Ultimately Silver is an exhilarating roller coaster ride, embracing the
multifaceted nature of what it means to be a modern femme. Pillared with
political grit, the trio skillfully employs double entendres and humor to
encourage open dialogue and fearlessly address important matters that
demand attention. “We will not go back!!”, they exclaim in their billowing protest
anthem “NORMA,” written in response to the decision to overturn Roe v Wade
and in support of access to abortion rights.
Silver was entirely written and recorded live to tape at Killion Sound studio in
North Hollywood earlier this year and produced by Sergio Rios (of Orgone).
While these analog recording techniques help root Say She She’s sound in a
bedrock of tonal warmth that only tape can achieve, it is also their process of
cutting the track in the moment and capturing the magic of communal
creativity that has seen their sound described as “a glorious overload of joyful
elation and spiritual elevation” (MOJO) and “infused with the wonky post-disco
spirit of early ’80s NYC” (The Guardian). Sonically, it’s reminiscent of the likes of
Rotary Connection, Asha Puthli, Liquid Liquid, Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club.
Say She She formed in a classic New York tale of friends that met by following
the music: the downtown dancefloors, through the Lower East Side floorboards
and up to the rooftops of Harlem. Their debut album, Prism, was released last
fall and celebrated by NPR Music, LA Times, 5 stars from The Guardian and rave
reviews from countless others, including MOJO, calling the album “a superb
psych soul-disco debut.”
Prism hit #1 on KCRW’s Top 30 Albums and Best of 2022 lists and received
significant spins from several tastemaker radio stations across the US and UK.
The band also had key live performances with KCRW, KEXP, WFUV (including
last year’s annual Holiday Cheer event at the Beacon Theater), and WXPN (with
a World Cafe Live performance). The band made their national television debut
this year with a 3-song performance on CBS Saturday Sessions and a
corresponding billboard in Times Square.
Say She She has collaborated with a roaring roster of musicians including
members of The Dap-Kings, The Extraordinaires, Peanut Butter Wolf, The
Shacks and Chicano Batman. Their current band plays as a seven piece and
includes members of Los Angeles cult-funk band Orgone, who they have been
touring with extensively. Live concert highlights for a band that just began
touring include their Glastonbury Festival debut this year, at Central Park
Summerstage’s 2023 opening night and the Hollywood Bowl. Their live show
injects funk and pop with a heavy dose of dance and disco beats, and is an
outrageous time like no other.
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