Vid O’The Week: Sahara Beck – Pretender

So now’s a good time to get yourself familiar with this rising artist, best described as a cross between rustic charm and country chic- if an interior design could be represented in a person, Sahara Beck is that person.

Now I’ve had to think long and hard about writing this piece. After countless reviews about folk music and almost exhausting my vocabulary and imagery in that genre, there is something special about Sahara Beck that I couldn’t quite put my finger on at first, but it was there, right in front of me, I just had to find the words. As I closed my eyes, headphones on, lights off, alone with this expressive voice that had so much to confess, I thought, “Show me the way Sahara”.

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An EP of surging and empowering tracks, to stripped back and heartfelt ballads. Pretend as much as you want, but there’s no hiding your love for Sahara Beck.

Brisbane ‘s folk -pop-rock singer-songwriter, Sahara Beck, who has the coolest first real name I’ve heard in a while, earns Vid O’The Week with her confident track Pretender, off her second EP, Bloom. As the name suggests, Pretender, exudes this empowering feeling of being freed from the the lies that weaved through our life- passive aggressive with it’s stubborn and charming youth, yet carries this cynical and ghostly undertone.

The ‘pretender’ in our life has chained us down by their actions and words, not giving us a chance to second guess if we are who we are or just the creation of our haters. ‘Bitch’ please if you haven’t heard of this girl’s music then you’re really missing out. Sahara Beck is both gritty and pure and is incredibly down-to-earth; very relatable with her personal and burdened lyricism.

By contrast, the more uplifting, time-lapsing music video, with its soft lighting and shadiness,  black symbolism through the ever changing wardrobe, admirable acting skills with the quick interchange between split personas, fading characters to represent fading memories that have thwarted us and a room full of organic textures, shrouds the video in innocence, tension and relief.

This track is full of energy and hope – the smoky vocals of Sahara makes everything so clear, along with the tribal and pounding percussion, the glimmer of electronic production to add some edginess and resonance to the instruments, and let us not forget that bass – barely audible, but still, who doesn’t love a good bass.

Now let’s talk about those stop motion vegetables as they are demolished before our eyes – it’s like this ‘pretender’ is munching down on our  ‘sweet’, ‘bitter’ and ‘beautiful’ feelings like there’s no tomorrow. If you like Daughter, Thelma Plum, Julia Stone, Lisa Mitchell, from pop to ballads, to upbeat folk-rock, Sahara Beck has got you covered.

Sahara Beck’s chilling sense of space and texture with acoustic instrumentation is much to be adored.  Early days for this woman as she holds promise and excitement that she still has so much to give and stories to tell. Catch her is in the middle of her Bloom EP tour. Sit by the warm fire of Sahara Beck and you’ll be sure to dance around it in no time – foot-stomping and full of spirit, she is one rhythmical wonderland . Dates below!

Thursday October 30th – The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Saturday  November 1st – Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Sunday November 9th – Open Air Cinemas, Brisbane

Tuesday November 11th – Soldier’s Wife, Brisbane

Thursday November 13th – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne

Friday November 14th – Babushka Bar, Ballarat

w/ Owen Rabbit

Sunday November 16th– Triffid, Brisbane

Saturday November 22nd – Baked Poetry Cafe, Sunshine Coast

Sunday November 23rd – The Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane

Friday November 28th – The Factory, Sunshine Coast

Saturday November 29th – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

Friday December 5th – Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Melbourne

Supporting Katie Noonan



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