Photo by Bendrix Littleton
One of the bright spots of 2021 has been the discovery of Nashville's "World's finest southern kitsch artist" Sara Bug. Her music has danced along the borders of country, folk, indie pop, and indie rock, never quite choosing one over the others. Her latest single, "The Beholder," sounds like it might be going the pure pop route. At least, at first it does. Then the twang starts to kick in, so you think Bug might be going straight country pop. Of course, that's when it gets odd. You notice the twang has a little too much reverb and noise on it, and the beat starts going on its own little off kilter way. Once you start to adjust and get really, really, really into the song, it ends at one minute, thirty nine seconds. Sara Bug is a master of leaving us wanting more.
Sara Bug says of the song:
"Beholder, one of the most recently written songs on the album, is me admitting that I care too much what others think of me. As I get older I want to learn not to let the opinions of others play a part in the choices I make. In this song I describe my deep desire to distance myself from society, simplify my life, and let go of pressure and expectations. Quite literally, I am saying that I can’t wait to buy land and move to the country. I’ve kind of arrived at a new chapter in life with this song."
You can listen to "The Beholder" below. Sara Bug's self-titled debut album is due out May 14 on Egghunt Records. You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp. For more on Sara Bug, check out the artist's Facebook and Instagram.