“Hauntingly beautiful” BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands
SAER is the new musical project from vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Simon Davies. Born in Birmingham (UK) Simon 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, Simon channels these influences through his modern-day appreciation for Susanne Sundfør, Michael Nyman and Chilly Gonzales to create his own soulful music in 2019.
At the start of this year, SAER released his debut single ‘Shadows’. Produced by David Ezra, the track saw the singer & songwriter boldly embrace an ambient electronic sound. ‘Break’ is his follow-up single which continues to establish SAER as one of the UK’s most exciting emerging musical talents. ‘Break’ was self-produced and recorded in the artist’s garden studio, where SAER describes himself as a creative obsessive. Experimenting with layers, musical objects and frenetic instrumentation, the result is a gloriously spacious electronic production that blends beats and atmospheric piano chords, which allow Simon’s heart-stopping falsetto to soar and exhilarate. Much of Simon’s inspiration for melody and words happens while he travels, and that kinetic quality can be felt throughout SAER’s music. As a writer he explores themes of connection, family and occasionally loss. Lyrically ‘Break’ laments conformity and seeks escape from contemporary life, urging a return to nature. The finished song is a haunting and cathartic sonic experience.
The ‘Break’ single also features as its B-side an extraordinary cover version of Kate Bush’s 1985 classic ‘Running Up That Hill’, a firm favourite from SAER’s live set.
To accompany the release, SAER will be performing two UK live shows with his newly assembled band, at Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham and Old Queen’s Head, London.
‘Break’ is available via Level Music (Warner Music Group) on all digital platforms from 26th April 2019.