- Words Ryan Cahill
The Hackney-born musician drops the second single from his new album.
Earlier today, Hackney-born musician Maverick Sabre announced the release of his upcoming independently released album, When I Wake Up, which will drop next March (22nd) and see collaborations with the likes of Jorja Smith.
For the second release from the album, Sabre has teamed up with Grammy-nominated reggae artist Chronixx for “Her Grace”, an expert collaboration uniting two diverse musicians which sees Sabre cementing himself as one of the best talents around right now, with flawless production and a soaring vocals to match. If the rest of the album is anything as good as this, it’s certain to be a huge success. The video for the single has been directed by Shaun James Grant, who has collaborated with the likes of Notion cover star Anne-Marie and Jorja Smith. An emotive master-piece, the visuals help to bring awareness to issues surrounding domestic abuse, showing the impact that these relationships can have on a person and the people around them. It’s bold, striking and deeply in-depth. A refreshing change, it’s worlds away from the glossed over dance routines and LA-set productions that we’re seeing more and more of in contemporary music vids.
For the director, it was all about approaching this topic with sensitivity, and creating a realistic portrayal of what life is like inside an abusive relationship and communicating the sense on entrapment that victims of domestic abuse feel. He says: “In hindsight through personal experiences of witnessing an abusive relationship I consider there to be a grey area where the abuser shows many sides both positive and negative. It’s in essence deep rooted, insecure manipulation, but equally they are themselves still human. Love still exists within these situations but it can leave you feeling isolated and trapped, away from the outside world.”
Sabre remarks that his approach to this album was all about tackling issues and using his platform as an opportunity to raise awareness for things that matter to him. “With each of the videos for this album I’ve wanted to tell strong, emotive stories that carry across the feeling and message of the song. “Her Grace” is about the unspoken unheard struggles of women that go unnoticed in society and this video feels like a glimpse into an inner battle within that,” he explains.
He might be three albums in, but this is Sabre at his very best, and we can’t wait to see the full offering in March.
The album is available to pre-order now, and tickets for Maverick Sabre’s UK tour can be bought here.