Sarah Shafey
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Sarah Shafey Releases Lustrous “Pick Up The Phone”

Toronto singer, songwriter, producer, and mixing engineer Sarah Shafey releases “Pick Up The Phone,” the second single from her forthcoming album, Blackbox Universe, a celebration of the different aspects of womanhood.

Talking about the album, Sarah shares, “We all have different versions of ourselves, so I felt the need to explore who they were. It was cathartic. Some of it was a shedding of skin that I don’t want anymore, and other elements are more closely aligned with who I am now and want to be more like.”

Blackbox Universe was co-produced, co-engineered, and co-mixed by Sarah Shafey and Hill Kourkoutis, the first female to win a JUNO award as Recording Engineer of the Year. Hill has produced for and played with some of Canada’s most notable artists, including The Weeknd, July Talk, Serena Ryder, Madison Violet, SATE, Good Lovelies, Dear Rouge, and Adam Cohen.

Mastered by Kristian Montano of Montano Mastering, the album features the talents of Sekou Lumumba on drums (Serena Ryder, Bedouin Soundclash, Kardinal Offishall, Thornley), cellist and Grammy-nominated songwriter Michael Peter Olsen (Drake, Arcade Fire, Funeral, K-OS) and well-known Toronto guitarist Mike Celia.

Along with releasing three of her own albums, Sarah has mixed albums for bands in her studio Squeaky Clean Records. Sarah’s evolving sound started out as folk-pop, followed by progressing to alternative and grungy shoegaze to a blend of electro-pop and rock.

“Pick Up The Phone” opens on soft swirling tones topped by Sarah’s evocative voice. A plump bassline, loose drums, and clicking percussion imbue the rhythm with an alluring cadence. Sparkling and gliding, the harmonics give the tune dreamy, creamy layers of color, at once spellbinding and tantalizing.

Sarah’s vocals, under exquisite lilting control, infuse the lyrics with sumptuous timbres and yearning textures. It’s a luxurious, compelling voice.

Sarah Shafey has it going on! “Pick Up The Phone” slides smoothly on gleaming, silky washes of music as Sarah’s irresistible voice mesmerizes.

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Written by Randy

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.