Weekend Wonders: New Album “Songs About Sounds” by Sarah Schonert
Sarah Schonert is an eclectic-electronic musician from Peoria, writing, recording, and producing from her home studio. She has been honing her style over the years by blending classical-style piano with loopers, synths, harps, vocoders, and vintage gear. Sarah sticks mainly to keyboards, throwing in guitars and other instruments for good measure. Songs About Sounds is her 4th official LP and 10th album.
Sarah’s work is self-produced, synth-driven, angelic and avant-garde with its Kate Bush/Tori Amos leanings. A strong, original female voice. Sarah, whom is also an engineer, designer, and painter, often infusing pieces of her career and hobbies into her music and how she presents it to the world.
From the artist:
I felt like I was really finding my voice with my previous LP (Penguin Party), and since then I’ve released an EP and a holiday album that have been progressing me forward with my instruments and gear. Songs About Sounds features a heavy dose of piano, as is my style, but also some hidden guitar and vintage synths. Like Penguin Party, many of the songs rely on a hardware looper for the driving grooves. “Ain’t No Weight But Your Own” is a departure from using my regular software vocoding, creating the effect completely with hardware. This album truly was quite a joy to create. “Hold You Up” may be my personal favorite as it was ridiculously fun to play and sing, and my son, Auron, offered his little voice at the end of “Waffles Over Pancakes.”
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