SarrSew - Farewell, Warden

Song of the Day
Hosted by Darek Mazzone
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Darek Mazzone, host of Wo'Pop on KEXP, in celebration of the Persian New Year, is “Farewell, Warden” by SarrSew, from the 2018 album Girih: Iranian Sound Artists on Zabte Sote.
photo by Ashkan Noroozkhani
written by Janice Headley

When Tehran-born, Paris-based artist Sara Bigdeli Shamloo isn’t recording as half of the duo 9T Antiope, she records solo under the name SarrSew. Shamloo began playing classical violin at the age of 8, but actually cites heavy metal as her first love in this interview with Fluid Radio: "I have a recorded tape of the two-year-old me singing a metal song and later being the lead headbanger in [my brothers'] bands!"

While previous SarrSew tracks were composed for theatre and film (Shamloo was studying Theatre Directing at Tehran University before she dropped out), today’s Song of the Day marks her solo debut single, a haunting, somber chant sung in English over an eerie, yet meditative lullaby until it culminates in an erratic blur of feedback. 

Shamloo is currently in the studios with 9T Antiope, recording the album Placebo, the third and final part of the trilogy Isthmus:Nocebo:Placebo, which will be out later this year via Purple Tape Pedigree.  As SarrSew, she is working on an Album/Monologue/Performance titled Loss in The Room / An Homage To Death

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