SASAMI Shares Cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Sorry Entertainer’

    SASAMI, the project of Los Angeles songwriter and producer Sasami Ashworth, has shared a cover of the Daniel Johnston song ‘Sorry Entertainer’. According to a press release, the single serves as a “peek into the sonic world” of her yet-to-be announced sophomore album. Check out a video for the track, directed by actor and comedian Patti Harrison and Alan Resnick, and listen to the original below.

    “I made my last album when I was in a very emotionally vulnerable and tender place, but after a couple years of touring those same subtle, more sensitive songs, the live show became louder and more volatile,” SASAMI said in a press release. “A bit before the pandemic took hold I was really getting back into metal and numetal, so a couple months into quarantine I made an acoustic version of the System of a Down song “Toxicity.” My sadness ripened into anger throughout 2020, and deeper into it I started experimenting with a heavier palette and decided to perform the inverse exercise of metallicizing an acoustic song. ‘Sorry Entertainer’ is my take on mixing the desperation of being a hopeless and powerless artist and the extremely powerful sounds of a metal band. Like giving a toddler a flamethrower… or a fullstack.”

    ‘Sorry Entertainer’ marks SASAMI’s first new music of 2021, following original track ‘Mess’ and her cover of System of a Down’s ‘Toxicity’ in 2020. She also co-produced Hand Habits’ recent single ‘4th of July’. SASAMI’s self-titled debut album landed in 2019.

    Revisit our Artist Spotlight Q&A with SASAMI.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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