Say She She
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“Boundary busting discodelic soul” (The Guardian), five stars
“The funkiest sh*t we’ve heard in a while” (KCRW)
“This band are going to be absolutely huge” (Deb Grant, BBC 6)
“Absolutely dynamite” (Amy Lamé, BBC 6)
“Superb psych soul-disco debut from New York female harmony trio…. A glorious overload of joyful elation and spiritual elevation” (MOJO), four stars
Say She She, the soulful female-led trio, stand rock solid on discodelic duty with their boundary breaking sophomore album Silver.“
Tell them what you want – the time will soon be gone…”Like the lyrics from their latest single C’est si Bon (it’s so good!) that features on the album, the honeyed harmonising trio – consisting of the three strong voices of Piya Malik (El Michels Affair staple feature, and former backing singer for Chicano Batman), Sabrina Mileo Cunningham and Nya Gazelle Brown who front the band – stay true to their word. These women have something to say and they are not afraid to play with the medium. Leaning into their “boundary busting discodelic soul” (The Guardian), their flawless harmonies twist and writhe, capturing listeners hearts with buttery vocals, fat funky basslines, catchy hooks and up-tempo grooves.
Silver oozes with quirk and the album is an adventure through 16 songs – a double sided LP that opens with an incantation and ends with the title track that will lull you into a dreamscape with a locked groove of silver noise.
The needle drops on the powerful opening track “Reeling.” Released in January, it immediately made #1 in KCRW’s Top 10 charts. The track was playlisted at BBC’s 6 Music and the 45 (w/ “Don’t You Dare Stop”) charted in the UK. Opening with the fiery incantation to “Kick the door down, smash the ceiling, leave ‘em reeling!” the song sets the mood for a musical journey imbued with political grit, along with “Echo in The Chamber,” a song addressing gun control. It includes the tongue-in-cheek wit of “Entry Level,” which satirizes the condescending underestimation of a boss.
Silver span’s the depth of modern relationships – debunking fairytale myths and remembering how Romeo and Juliet actually ended up. “Never Say Never” toys with the irony of having so many choices that you can’t make any. Nevertheless the lyrics are indented with moments of romantic fantasy…because even the unblinded cynic still holds hope and wants to fall in love.“Are we ever together? Do we even remember nothing last forever…but we never say never.”
The album shakes it all up with a laissez-faire, celebratory attitude in full-on french discodelia of “C’est si Bon,” encouraging listeners to throw their hands up and concede to joy because its all going to be alright and peaks with heightened elements of operatic funk that shine through in tracks like “BleedingHeart” and “Questions.”
The LP further features their beloved debut single “Forget Me Not,” a gritty funk send-up inspired by NYC’s Guerilla Girls, which made a huge first splash. It was premiered by DJ Novena Carmel on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and described by Jeremy Sole as “the funkiest sh*t I’ve heard in a while!”
Ultimately Silver is an exhilarating roller coaster ride, embracing the multifaceted nature of what it means to be a modern femme. Pillared with political grit, the trio skillfully employs double entendres and humor to encourage open dialogue and fearlessly address important matters that demand attention. “We will not go back!!”, they exclaim in their billowing protest anthem “NORMA,” written in response to the decision to overturn Roe v Wade and in support of access to abortion rights.
Silver was entirely written and recorded live to tape at Killion Sound studio in North Hollywood earlier this year and produced by Sergio Rios (of Orgone).
While these analog recording techniques help root Say She She’s sound in a bedrock of tonal warmth that only tape can achieve, it is also their process of cutting the track in the moment and capturing the magic of communal creativity that has seen their sound described as “a glorious overload of joyful elation and spiritual elevation” (MOJO) and “infused with the wonky post-disco spirit of early ’80s NYC” (The Guardian). Sonically, it’s reminiscent of the likes of Rotary Connection, Asha Puthli, Liquid Liquid, Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club.Say She She formed in a classic New York tale of friends that met by following the music: the downtown dance floors, through the Lower East Side floorboards and up to the rooftops of Harlem. Their debut album, Prism, was released last fall and celebrated by NPR Music, LA Times, 5 stars from The Guardian and rave eviews from countless others, including MOJO, calling the album “a superb psych soul-disco debut.”
Prism hit #1 on KCRW’s Top 30 Albums and Best of 2022 lists and received significant spins from several tastemaker radio stations across the US and UK. The band also had key live performances with KCRW, KEXP, WFUV (including last year’s annual Holiday Cheer event at the Beacon Theater), and WXPN (with a World Cafe Live performance). The band made their national television debut this year with a 3-song performance on CBS Saturday Sessions and a corresponding billboard in Times Square.
Say She She has collaborated with a roaring roster of musicians including members of The Dap-Kings, The Extraordinaires, Peanut Butter Wolf, The Shacks and Chicano Batman. Their current band plays as a seven piece and includes members of Los Angeles cult-funk band Orgone, who they have been touring with extensively. Live concert highlights for a band that just began touring include their Glastonbury Festival debut this year, at Central Park Summerstage’s 2023 opening night and the Hollywood Bowl. Their live show injects funk and pop with a heavy dose of dance and disco beats, and is an outrageous time like no other.