"Heartfelt dream pop with lyrics like poetry"
I already loved Sara Lov when back when she was in Devics, and she also immediately convinced me with her first solorelease; Three Songs EP. Her just released full length debut album is no exception. It's one of my favorite albums this year, so far.
The former frontwoman of Devics and current solo singer paints an apt picture of melodies that are both minimalist and poignant with heady vocals that warm you from the inside. For a singer freshly on her own, Lov exudes immense confidence. It is perhaps because of the success of Devics that Lov finds the idea of going out on her own exciting, if a little unnerving. Lov views much of her life in a similar way – taking something frightening that could have overwhelmed others, and making it a positive influence on her life and music. At the age of five, the Hawaiian-born Lov was kidnapped by her father and taken to Israel, then Minnesota, and then ended up in L.A. at age 12 where she was raised by her uncle. “My father really encouraged me creatively,” Lov says. “The one thing I am certain of is that for most of my young life, music was the consistency and stability I had. It was my escape and my sanity.” Perhaps that’s why Lov feels a certain nostalgia for a time in her life that most would imagine to be traumatic or marked by stolen innocence, going as far as to name her debut solo album, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming, after the idealism of youth. “As you get older it’s harder to find beauty and innocence in anything,” she says. “It’s easy to get jaded and loose your sense of idealism. So, to find that thing that brings you back to your ‘young eyes’ or that thing that makes you feel excited to be alive again even though you are seeing it through seasoned eyes... even if just for a moment, it’s a beautiful thing.” It’s Lov’s lyrics, though, which are the highlight of her music, and the part she is most reluctant to talk about, preferring instead for listeners to interpret on their own. With “A Thousand Bees,” she works on letting go and moving on. Her debut The Young Eyes EP was released this January through Nettwerk. Her full length debut album, Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming just released also through Nettwerk.