Sasha Keable tells how Music saved her life in “Intermission”

Sasha Keable tells how Music saved her life in “Intermission”

Who knew love could end so quickly
Memories are so unkind
You dropped that bomb and it hit me
Now all I’ve got is my mind
“My Mind” by Sasha Keable

It’s here! South London-based singer/songwriter Sasha Keable released her last project “Intermission” in November 2021.

We all experienced an intermission these past two years. She took it to the next level as an opportunity to reflect on her life. She went through heartbreak to finally find herself.   

“This EP is a reflection on heartbreak, learning to be alone, and loving myself, a topic that I’ve never touched on before but is so fitting for where my head is at right now. I’ve never been more honest and true to myself than in this music, and to say the journey has been cathartic would be an understatement. This music has both broken me and healed me in so many ways, and I’ll always be grateful for this Intermission in life” explains Sasha Keable.

Music is the one thing that stood by her side during this process. And it shows! The piano and the guitar harmonize shyly with the tone of her voice when she’s thinking out loud. 

That’s how she welcomes us in her universe with the first track, “Exception”. When her thoughts seem to clarify, so does the melody. As she offers: “Won’t ask you to say sorry / We can just move on, pick up where we left off”, the rhythm gets lighter and catchy. It’s a turning point in the song. Her voice sounds more confident too. 

When she sings “Take it as it comes” later on, piano notes lead her words. And just like that, her song about heartbreak also becomes a great reminder for herself and others. Life isn’t always going our way. We have to take it as it comes to move on and do better.

Music and emotions collide

Melancholia’s there. It’s almost like a comforting partner. Violin, double bass, and guitar express the feeling. Sometimes it’s heavy; sometimes it’s challenging you to move forward. ‘Cause, you can do it! In “Intermission”, time compares to the variations of the melodies. When they’re faster, time is also ticking during Sasha’s healing. 

You can hear it in “Never Knew Love”. The clapping sounds are like a metronome. However, hope isn’t lost, and Sasha Keable still knows how to recreate it. The joyful sound of trumpets you can hear through tracks helps to do so. Just like the sun appears after the storm. Both breathe new life. 

Although there are no trumpets in “Killing Me” (ft. British singer/songwriter Jorja Smith), its music video still is a fair example to demonstrate this atmosphere. 

At the beginning of the video, both are dressed in black, mourning the death of a past love. However, they’re reborn when they find out where is the love they’re searching for. You can see it as they wear white and red to chase darkness. Love emanates from them.

Music to feel better

We can say hope is back thanks to tracks 5 and 6. “Goosebumps” gets a more seductive tone. This song is about a one-night stand. That proves you can find someone else after heartbreak (or at least try to), even if you think you would never. This song is a good point about this whole EP: you only know what you want and what you can do once you love who you are.  

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“Opening Arms” is also celebrating this renewal. She’s come a long way, but she’s ready to set her conditions in a new relationship. The sonorities are getting more playful, even though she’s setting an ultimatum: “Opening arms / I won’t wait forever, you should tеll her / Opening arms / That we’rе together, you better tell her”. That’s because she’s now in sync with what she wants. Her well-being takes precedence over the rest. 

The harmonies and the chorus we’re hearing all through “Intermission” give her more strength to stand up for herself. However, toplines such as “Lost, lost, lost, lost” (Don’t Get Lost) reveal her more fragile and vulnerable facet. “Intermission” is like a breathing pause between night and day. But once again, life isn’t black or white, is it?

Music sounds like therapy to Sasha Keable

Sasha Keable first thought she was going to be a vet. At ten years old, her therapist gave her an essential piece of advice. The professional told her to write down her thoughts and the emotions crashing inside her mind. Sentences became poems, and poems turned into songs. To this day, the British-Colombian singer/songwriter still claims music is like therapy to her.

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She struggles when it comes to explaining to others how she feels. However, music is always here for her. That’s her safe place. Sasha Keable never said ‘I’m gonna be a singer’ because it came naturally to her. She already released one EP and many songs, filled with relatable lyrics and stories. Mental health, depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol misuses are recurrent themes. She also wishes people could normalize talking about antidepressants. That’s what she does because she doesn’t see any problem with it. And she’s right – there isn’t.

She says she only realized how much she developed as a person once “Intermission” was done. We can’t wait to hear what she has to offer now!

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