Sarah P.’s “ICNSG”
Sarah Psalti, known as Sarah P., is a Greek singer from Athens. Her music life started in 2010, as the frontwoman of the dream pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens. she headed out in different directions from the band in mid 2014,she relocated to Berlin to start working on her solo career. Sarah P. has teamed up with artists like Sun Glitters,MMOTHS, The New Division, Sundayman, The Bilinda Butchers and many more. Her own music is minimalistic and inspired by nineties sounds. Psalti identifies her genre as pop.
From 2010 to early 2014, Sarah P. was the frontwoman of the Athenian dream pop duo Keep Shelly in Athens. After she left the band, she migrated to Berlin to begin working on her performance debut.. In December 2015, her solo debut EP Free was released via her own record label EraseRestart. In 2015, Sarah Psalti played the leading role in the award-winning short movie Finding Sigi, which was directed by Aviv Kosloff. She also appeared in Imaginary War’s music video for “Made a Decision”. In early 2016, Psalti released a music video for “I’d Go”.
Sarah P.’s solo debut full-length album Who Am I was released in May 2017 and is described as an “ode to our humanly deep need of security and love.”The album’s first single release, “Berlin During Winter”, manages struggle, both inside and outer, handling gloom and what that can be meant for by the rest of the world, from web-based entertainment to war.The video of “Berlin During Winter” is made of archive footage of war, with Sarah P. noting “we can’t undo our history, but we can learn from it and shape our future.” In December 2018, Sarah P.’s second EP Maenads was released. Her second full-length album Plotting Revolutions was released in June 2020.
Exploring the pain of saying goodbye – without even saying it – Sarah P. drops her poignant and powerful new effort, “ICNSG”. Standing for “I Cannot Say Goodbye”, the track bleeds with vulnerability as the artist laments the loss of her loved ones. Delivering her raw vocals atop a swelling melody and triumphant chorus, “ICNSG” seamlessly captures the multifaceted nature of grief — how it comes and goes in waves, evoking sadness and happiness respectively.
“Grieving doesn’t have a start and end date. It is an ongoing process, regardless of what society thinks,” says Sarah P. on the track. “After my father passed away, I kept writing him notes, initially, out of my need to put into words the void I felt those first days without him. Slowly those notes became “diary entries”, packed with happenings and everyday things that I thought he’d appreciate knowing about. However, at some point, I stopped because the pain of the one-sided updates was growing bigger and bigger – when I was expected to start feeling “better and better”. Essentially, “I Cannot Say Goodbye” (ICNSG) reflects that period of my life: a bursting emotion, followed by big question marks that don’t seem to fade over time,” she adds.
Encapsulating this feeling of expanding emotions, the track accompanying music video is shot with a wide lens that cascades across mountainous regions in a total state of calm — proving that even when in turmoil, the world carries on. Hacked from her forthcoming EP, “Prayer”, “ICNSG” is just a taste of Sarah P.’s deeply contemplative soundscape, and we will have the tissues prepared for its release in early 2023.