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To celebrate her latest Americana-pop track, "Halloween Costume", Sarah Klang brought us along for a festival day in the life.
Penning songs is how Sarah Klang has always approached overcoming changes – like relocating to the country and dealing with a school rife with bullying as a young girl. The experience took its toll on Klang, her life, for a brief period, wrapped up in teenage bullying and mental health issues. Becoming an expectant mother took her back to that time, as she began to recall in vivid detail the suffering she faced. “Halloween Costume” marks this surge of memories, an Americana-pop song with warmth in its sound and depth in lyrics.
“I had trauma and PTSD from my teenage years – something I didn’t realise for many years,” Klang shares. She continues, “At the time of it happening when I was young, music was what I used to cope. I would lose myself in songwriting and compositions, listening to dance, Americana and great nineties beats.” She adds, “I guess it’s about defiance in a way too. About overcoming something as monumental as this. I started to feel a kindness towards myself that I hadn’t felt before, after years of blaming myself for what happened. I started to feel compassion towards my younger self. A lot of peace came as a result.”
Today, Sarah Klang has just announced her new album, ‘Mercedes’, which is to be released October 20th via Nettwerk, as well as a tour that kicks off in Brighton. There are a handful of dates in the UK, including London and Manchester, across Europe, and in her native Sweden. Ahead of the tour, Sarah brought us along for a child-free festival day in the life.