Sasami Collaborates With J Mascis
Sasami has teamed up with J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) for an alternate version of her track “Tried to Understand.” “This song took many forms before it became what you hear on my album, Squeeze,” says Sasami. “This rawer cut with J. Mascis is kind of a peek into the different dimensions and moods one composition can inhabit. This version features Ty Segall on drums, me on bass and guitar and J. on the ripping leads and backing vocals. It’s the less cute version of what spinning out can sound like.” Sasami is currently on tour with HAIM. Her feral and cathartic live show is not to be missed! All dates below.
Squeeze was produced by SASAMI, with a handful of the tracks co-produced by Ty Segall. Other notable contributors include: Hand Habits’ Meg Duffy, King Tuff’s Kyle Thomas, Christian Lee Hutson, Barishi, Moaning’s Pascal Stevenson, Jay Bellerose and No Home.
1. Skin A Rat
2. The Greatest
3. Say It
4. Call Me Home
5. Need It To Work
6. Tried To Understand
7. Make It Right
8. Sorry Entertainer
9. Squeeze (feat. No Home)
10. Feminine Water Turmoil
11. Not A Love Song
Sasami 2022 Tour Dates:
6/10 – Vancouver, BC @ Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre ^
6/11 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds ^
6/13 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater ^
6/14 – Bend, OR @ Hayden Homes Amphitheatre ^
6/16 – Fort Collings, CO @ Old Town Square
6/18 – Spring Green, WI @ Shi-tty Barn
6/24 – Calgary, Canada @ Sled Island
6/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bric Celebrate Brooklyn
^ w/ Haim
Based in Los Angeles, SASAMI is a descendent of the Zainichi people on her mother’s side, a diaspora of ethnic Koreans who lived in Japan during Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Though some Zainichi moved voluntarily and others were forcibly kidnapped, these people and their progeny continue to experience systemic discrimination and oppression in Japan to this day. While conducting a deep dive into her family’s mixed Korean and Japanese history and culture, SASAMI stumbled upon stories of Nure-onna and was immediately drawn to the water creature’s multiplicitous nature. According to legend, the deity is feminine and noble, yet powerful and vicious enough to brutally destroy victims with her blood sucking tongue.
The fluidity of the Nure-onna can be felt in how Squeeze naturally flows through musical influences—from System of a Down to Sheryl Crow and Fleetwood Mac, to even Bach and Mahler. A classically-trained composer, SASAMI constructed the LP in the form of an opera or orchestral work that has different “movements” that take the listener on an emotional journey. Compared to the introspective indie rock of SASAMI’s 2019 self-titled debut album, Squeeze is a full-throttled expansion.
Order Squeeze by Sasami HERE
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