Off the 405
DJ set by Linda Nuves of Chulita Vinyl Club
May 18, 2019
Los Angeles-based polymath Sasami Ashworth first made her name as the synth player for indie garage-rock trio Cherry Glazerr, and by contributing vocals and arrangements to albums by artists like Vagabon, Wild Nothing, and Hand Habits. Her debut solo album, SASAMI, blends synthesizer decay and guitar reverb into a set of irreverent, playful, and joyful songs. Relaxed, introspective, silly, and sincere, Sasami's songs filter emotional complexity through both expansive and delicate moments. Evoking the synth-pop of Stereolab and Broadcast, the album enlists help from plenty of friends including Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils, Devandra Banhart, and French singer Soko. FADER has named her the "next big thing in rock," and Pitchforkhailed the album as "Best New Music." With several touring stints supporting rising stars Mitski, Snail Mail, and Japanese Breakfast, as well as for stalwarts Liz Phair and The Breeders, Sasami has joined the ranks of a new league of young women redefining independent rock.
L.A. Record: "Welcome to Sasami’s classroom at The Getty Museum Lecture Hall. The spot for Saturdays at the 405 at the Getty is outside where it’s usually sunny, but the rain cancelled that idea. Sasami’s music lesson was brought indoors and even her middle school music teacher was present, cheering her on with his current group of students. Her music actually worked well in an echoey room, and the slightly damp crowd was able to sit and enjoy some good music on a gloomy Saturday evening. Thanks teacher!"
Photos by Katy Gumble for L.A. Record.