- 05 Dec 23
Dublin indie maestro Sarah Crean discusses her songwriting process, musical influences and her new EP Death By Laundry.
Poetic, confessional and intimate lyricism have always been at the forefront of your artistry and Death By Laundry is no different - can you run me through your songwriting process for the new EP?
The new EP is definitely me trying to process a lot of unprocessed things, and I think writing it was like an involuntary release for a lot of it. I would start with the guitar, and then these bizarre lyrics I'd never really written before all started to come out. I feel like with an EP, there's a bit more satire, with more playful, funny stuff in it. That's what I like about the EP - it was very fun to write and quite therapeutic as well.
What inspired 'The Subtle Art Of Past' and its accompanying video?
That one is definitely from a very angry time! I wrote it not long after moving to the UK. It was all very sudden when I moved, and there was a lot of stuff I hadn't addressed in my personal life. When I got into that session with the two guys I was working with, all of a sudden they took the reins in terms of doing the musical aspects. I was just there in the corner with my phone, writing down every lyric possible.
It came to me very quickly, and it was fun to get that anger out. The video was really fun to make and I'm very lucky I got to make it with friends. The only thing I was really focused on was the coffin shot. I let the guys do whatever else they had in mind and suggest ideas, but I really wanted that shot, to start a new era of my music.
It's been quite a busy year for you with new releases, and you also recently supported BlackPink in Hyde Park - where would you like the remainder of the year to take you?
Gosh - bed? No, I just finished a tour last night, opening for Haley Blais in the UK, and that was the most fulfilling, gorgeous experience of the year for me. For the rest of the year, I need to be writing. The year has been so intense and busy. Even though I've been writing a lot, I need to sit down with my feelings and my thoughts. Just write stuff I haven't been able to because I've been too busy. That's where I'd like the remainder of the year to take me - just like therapy! I'm really excited about next year, so I feel like preparing for that.
- Death By Laundry and 'The Subtle Art of Past' are out now.