Combining the intimacy of Joan Armatrading with the soulfulness of Gabrielle, Sabine is a UK-based singer-songwriter with a sound that oozes sophistication and elegance. Described by RGM Magazine as “a powerful vocal that instantly captures an artist that means business”, Sabine is a professional but with a personal tone to her moving singles. With features on BBC Introducing Shropshire, Neon Music, RGM Magazine, Music Connection Magazine and several online radio stations, she is turning heads on an international level. The latest addition to her well-received discography is ‘Walk Alone’.
Following her upbeat single, ‘How Do You Sleep At Night’ (read our review here), ‘Walk Alone’ is a steadier, smoother and more flowing melody. A collaboration with US-based musician and producer, Ci Majr, ‘Walk Alone’ is a sonic fusion of different influences, styles and sounds – a melting pot of music, if you will. Bringing the eccentricity of Ci Major to the contemporary pop meets folk sound of Sabine, and you have a rather original and unique track.
Penned and recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Walk Alone’ is a track that is not only eclectic in its sound but also in the completely remote recording. Recorded, mixed and mastered independently, but with some “polished production” from singer-songwriter/producer Ben Becker, ‘Walk Alone’ has a powerful melodic presentation that could have come from an in-studio session. It’s amazing to see what online collaborations are available.
Diverting from her typical country meets pop sound, ‘Walk Alone’ combines synths, pianos and drums in a superb melodic arrangement complementing not only the other elements but the singers’ rich vocals. What I find intriguing is how the music is an accurate representation of its concept. Touching on issues of toxic relationships, or rather the end of a toxic relationship, there is a sense of anxiety and confusion; however, the haunting lyricism and dulcet tones inspire a sense of empowerment and self-belief. The melody acts as a river on which one rides while experiencing these emotions. Languid, but with a depth that makes you think while “feeling” the sound.