Samsaruh’s ‘Speaking Fire’ is a defiant call to action
Melbourne singer-songwriter SAMSARUH makes a special type of music. It’s the kind of music you’ll whack on when you need to feel like the baddest bitch in the whole wide world. The kind of pick-me-up that perks you up like a shot of caffeine: you’re ready to work an eight hour shift and any customer that gets in your way is dead meat. Maybe that’s just me projecting, but what I know for sure is that Samsaruh’s latest cut ‘Speaking Fire’ fits this bill. It’s her boldest and most defiant track yet, and sees her exploring a heavier, rock-tinged sound with great results.
Samsaruh came seemingly out of nowhere with ‘Golden to Thrive’ in 2017; the perfect introduction to her powerful vocals and intense songwriting. ‘Beautiful Killer’ soon followed, with an evocative sound like a James Bond theme netting her the #1 played spot on Triple J, as well as the #1 unsigned artist. She exploded into 2018 with ‘Gunpowder’ a short-but-sweet burst of energetic pop that highlighted her talent more than any other track. ‘Speaking Fire’ continues this trend of absolute slappers, adding a hearty dose of rock into Samsaruh‘s empowering sound.
Produced by nightflare, ‘Speaking Fire’ is easily Samsaruh‘s heaviest track, driven by fuzzy guitar riffs and pounding drums. Starting minimally with a pulsing synth and snappy guitar over restrained vocals, the track quickly builds into a wall of sound, with a choir of layered vocals sounding like an army against the rock instrumentation. Samsaruh says the track “is a resounding call out to remind everyone, even myself, that you shouldn’t let anyone withhold your right to have a voice in this world and speak out for what you believe in.” To this end it’s a busy and chaotic track, but Samsaruh‘s voice is always soaring above it all, promising to “make that fire speak”.
Samsaruh is continually making phenomenal tracks that add a much-needed dose of self-empowerment in a time where many feel like junk. Defiant music like this that can pick you back up is truly important, and we’re lucky to have someone like Samsaruh who can do so while giving us something catchy to listen to at the same time. You can catch this ‘Speaking Fire’ in person at Samsaruh‘s debut headlining tour; kicking off in September with Bigsound in Brisbane, she’s then hitting up Sydney and Melbourne in October.
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WORDS BY MAX LEWIS