Ones To Watch: SASAMI

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Ones To Watch: SASAMI

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019

Photo by Alice Baxley

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2019. Hosted by Jody Denberg/produced by Art Levy. Hear an audio version of this at the bottom of the page.

L.A.’s Sasami Ashworth spent years as a studio musician, scored short films and commercials, and played with the up-and-coming band Cherry Glazerr, but now she’s going solo. Recorded under the simplified name SASAMI, her self-titled debut is both scrappy and polished. Songs like “Not The Time” have the eclectic charm of Yo La Tengo, while “Callous” and “Jealousy” are darker, with electronic touches skittering around the edges.

Sasami grew up playing the French horn, earning a classical degree from a music conservatory. These days though, you can catch her playing guitar and sharing stages with Liz Phair, Blondie, the Breeders, and more.