Canadian-Japanese singer/songwriter Saya Gray has dropped a new visualizer for “Wish U Picked Me…”, the track is off her debut EP 19 Masters, now available via Dirty Hit (Wolf Alice, Rina Sawayama, beabadoobee).
The album is a reflection of Saya Gray’s experiences of isolation and expectations as a mixed race woman of Japanese and Canadian descent growing up in a predominantly white environment. Her solitary nature echoes through the record via diaristic voice notes from her time touring with other artists, with delicate vocals that drift and shapeshift. 19 Masters was produced, written, and performed entirely by Saya, with the exception of her mother opening the project in Japanese, some guitar lines from her brother, and some trumpet from her dad. It’s soft and deeply introspective, with songs primarily about her relationship with herself, delving into her mind, avoidant patterns, and the practice of self-celebration.
For Saya, the number 19 represents the beginning and ending of a cycle, from 1 to 9 and so 19 Masters takes us on Saya Gray’s journey so far, fragmented and dreamlike, unafraid to be uncomfortable and pick apart the expectations, quietly sticking to her own path. It is a record that is all the more beguiling and immersive for it.
2. FOUND A FLOORBOARD UNDER THE SOIL!
3. CERVICAL CEDRIC
4. SAVING GRACE
5. WISH U PICKED ME…
6. EMPATHY 4 BETHANY
7. GREEN APPLE (EVERY NIGHT I RIDE NIGHT MARES)
8. 2019 WAS AN EMPTY CARB
10. TOOO LOUD!
12. N’SUFFICIENT FUNDS (THIS SONG SOUNDS LIKE MY WINTER)
13. SADNESS RESIDUE (ERASER ROOM)
14. S.H.T (silent hot tears/send hot tempura)
15. PAP TEST
16. LITTLE PALM
17. SEEDLESS FRUIT (S OF MY LABOUR)
18. LEECHES ON MY THESIS!
19. IF THERE’S NO SEAT IN THE SKY (WILL YOU FORGIVE ME???)
Order 19 Masters by Saya Gray HERE