“Hauntingly beautiful” BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands
As 2020 looms, an atmosphere of disruption, both political and environmental threatens to overwhelm us all. The new single from vocalist, multi- instrumentalist and producer SAER distils this sense of impending and perhaps inevitable destruction through the microcosm of a love affair. The song’s subjects are lovers, but one of them is a Disruptor. The question is, will their innate destructive tendencies lay this delicate thing to waste?
SAER is the musical project of from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Simon Davies. Born in Birmingham (UK) Davies discovered music through his father’s esoteric record collection, including artists like Maxime Le Forestier and Jake Thackray. Introduced at an early age to iconic vocalists such as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley, Davies channels these influences through his modern- day appreciation for Susanne Sundfør, Michael Nyman and Chilly Gonzales to create his own electronic soul sound that is all his own.
“Disruptor is about inner conflict” offers Davies, “A desire to test the boundaries even with a feeling of safety and contentment, imposter syndrome can set in. We have an inherent self-destruct button and it is those closest that suffer. Disruptor is a plea and a warning. We all hope to change but some of us share an underlying gravity to disorder”
Described as “A weird and wonderful record” by BBC Introducing, Disruptor’s production is firmly rooted in electronica, while Davies’ vocals are at times strident and at others a vulnerable falsetto. The song is further brought to life via a cathartic music video starring Liv Linley and Dean Pinnegar, with just a cameo from SAER and his band.
SAER released his first two singles earlier this year, the stark ambient electronic Shadows’ produced by David Ezra, followed by stirring and soulful ‘Break’. Both releases have helped to establishing SAER as one of Birmingham’s and the UK’s most exciting emerging musical talents.
The ‘Disruptor’ EP is proceeded by a special release of SAER’s reimagining of recent pop-hit Never Really Over by US superstar Katy Perry as an emotional and moving ballad.
Disruptor is available via Spinnup (Universal Music Group) on all digital platforms from 6 Dec 2019