Sarah Munro is a 22 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist from Hertfordshire, whose music combines elements of contemporary folk, jazz and easy-listening with a strong emphasis on lyrics and storytelling. Singing since she was a child and writing her first song at the age of seven, she joined the school choir and was a regular vocalist with the Big Band. Carrying on with music, Sarah released her debut album Say Hello To You in 2016, and her second album Angel Road was released this summer.
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Lead single ‘Illusion‘, with the delicate rise and fall of the guitar line, is beautifully mirrored, both melodically and rhythmically and with smooth harmonies, lulls you into a false sense of security; a sense of peace and refrain before the hook of the chorus comes out with it’s confession, “so what can I tell you, now all of my fears have come true, I love you”. The song is one to stare into the distance to, helped by a powerful yet silky vocal.
The opening track, ‘Lyra’s Dream‘ instantly carries the listener away on a cloud, full of a host of slumbery instruments (harps, soft string, and a sprinkle of xylophone). The closing lyric, “oh when will I find you”, suggests a sense of longing, of staring up to ceiling or sky. A key point of praise is the album’s vocal production (see the Eva Cassidy evoking Maybe or how it trades blows with the trumpet on The One). Sarah Munro possesses a voice that can bridge the gaps between soft falsetto and a deep depth. A vocal that is both in the foreground and the background, but always captivating, and always gaining your attention.
Another highlight is the 6/8 swing of ‘Saturn’s Hill‘, with chord change jumpiness. For Angel Road, Sarah was looking to evoke the folk rhythms, to push these sonic nuances, and this is clearly evident on this track.
Sarah’s advice to young musicians is to
“…make music that you love! Try not to create music based solely on what’s ‘popular’ at the moment. Don’t be afraid to contact people and put yourself out there. Securing a support tour with a big UK artist gives you an enormous amount of exposure and experience; I supported Paul Carrack on a 24-date UK tour last year and it taught me so much.”
Angel Road was released on June 1st. Get your copy here.
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