Sarah Klang Reflects On Fears, Hopes, Life’s Phases, And Overwhelming Love On New Album ‘Mercedes,’ Out Now
October 20, 2023 BY Danielle Romeo
Sarah Klang’s anticipated new album Mercedes has finally arrived. With this album, the Swedish alt pop singer/songwriter leaves her twenties behind and navigates the mental and emotional journey of becoming a first-time mother to her daughter Mercedes, for whom the album is named. The profound experience became the catalyst for a new cycle of songs all grounded in personal, yet also commonly shared human experiences. Sarah delivers these songs with the steam-of-conscious storytelling style that has endeared her to so many, but now with more candor. Listen to the album HERE.
From the synth-driven title track that radiates with optimism for her daughter’s future, to reflections on her past life as she come to terms with her future on the American-tinged stand-out “Belly Shots” to reckoning with being bullied as child with the gut-wrenching, guitar-driven “Halloween Costume” to the moment she met her daughter on the hopeful, vintage pop-laced “Magic Stone,” Mercedes takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotions as Sarah effortlessly blends her many musical influences to create a sound uniquely her own.
Klang says, “I’ve learned a lot about myself making this album. Like how, since my teenage years, I’ve always made music to process what’s happening to me in a way I never realized.” She adds, “This is definitely my coming-of-age period. I hope the songs will resonate and that it’s something my daughter can maybe listen to one day. Maybe it will help her, and other young girls too, giving them strength. This album is all about being kinder to your younger self, of forgiving yourself, and moving strongly into the future, with pride.”
Also known for her fierce and exuberant live shows, Sarah and her band are set to hit the road next week with UK and European tour dates starting October 25th in Brighton, UK and wrapping on November 18th in Göteborg, SE. She was also recently revealed as a SXSW 2024 Showcasing Artist.
Leading to the album’s release, Sarah has also shared some these vulnerable moments through her compelling music videos, which are presented as mini films. Watch below.
Watch The Video For “Mercedes” Here:
Watch The Video For “Worst Mom” Here:
Klang has always had a talent for autobiographical song writing, like on her acclaimed debut Love in The Milky Way (2018), which won Best Album at the Swedish Grammis awards. It continued on Creamy Blue (2019), her second album that earned another nomination for ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Alternative Pop’ at the Grammis awards, and another nod for ‘European Album Of The Year’ at the IMPALA Awards. While her sound had previously touched upon a mix of influences, 2021’s VIRGO – her most well-received album to date – then broadened her scope to include elements of ‘80s synth-pop (again winning a Swedish Grammy for Best Alternative Pop). Tastemaker praise followed, notably from i-D, Rolling Stone and Clash.
- Magic Stone
- Halloween Costume
- Belly Shots
- It’s a Beautiful Dream
- Sunny Philadelphia
- Hospital Window
- Worst Mom
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct. 25 Brighton, UK – Latest Music Bar
Oct. 26 London, UK – Oslo
Oct. 28 Glasgow, UK – The Glad Cafe
Oct. 29 Manchester, UK – YES
Oct. 30 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov. 1 Antwerp, BE – TRIX
Nov. 2 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Nov. 3 Paris, FR – Le Hasard Ludique
Nov. 5 Berlin, DE – Badehaus
Nov. 6 Copenhagen, DK – lille VEGA
Nov. 13 Oslo, NO – Cosmopolite
Nov. 14 Uppsala, SE – Katalin
Nov. 15 Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
Nov. 16 Örebro, SE – Frimis
Nov. 17 Malmö, SE – Plan B
Nov. 18 Göteborg, SE – Gothenburg Film Studios