Flaunting their dreamily derived disco-pop the trio of Say She She has finally unveiled their debut album Prism, along with plans to play The Parish at House of Blues in Anaheim on Thursday, Nov. 10 and The Lodge Room in Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 11. Centered around the heavenly, nostalgia-honeyed harmonies of Piya Malik, Sabrina Mileo Cunningham, and Nya Gazelle Brown the album serves as a demonstration of the band’s ability to fuse their own individual tastes with an iconic 80’s sound. One that highlights everything from Malik’s love of Turkish funk and Hindi riffs, Brown’s training as a classical and jazz vocalist, and groups like Rotary Connection and Tom Tom Club that Cunningham cherishes.
There’s the synth-glazing album opener “Prism,” which introduces your eardrums to the lush radiance of the trio’s shared vocals that span all eight tracks. “Pink Roses” throws some deliciously groovy guitar riffs into the background and the rapid pattering of excited drums into the mix, while the slow-burning ballad of intoxicating tenderness “Same Things” finds a sublime merging of vintage R&B with space-lounge atmospherics (and one heart-breaking flute).
That flute makes another appearance amidst the dreamy shimmers, warbling guitar tones, and soul-riveting saxophone solos that float in the beatific aerospace of “Don’t Wait” and again on the pleading romancer “Believe.” While album outro “Better Man” strips all the glimmering textures away and leaves behind just the trio’s ethereal vocals and a few solitary, melancholic flute and string sighs. Ultimately Prism is far more exceptional debut than any of us ever deserved from Say She She, one that coalesces around the band’s vintage-inspired sound that is far from landlocked in the past.
Say She She tour
11/3 – Brooklyn Made – Brooklyn, NY
11/4 – Dogfish Brewery & Eats – Rehoboth, DE
11/5 – Newton Theatre – Newton, NJ
11/9 – Whistle Stop – San Diego, CA
11/10 – The Parish at House Of Blues, Anaheim, CA
11/11 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA
11/14 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
11/16 – Holocene – Portland, OR
11/17 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
Words by Steven Ward
Listen to the new album Prism from Say She She below!