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Sarah Crean – Show Me Nuance

7th March 2022


This week’s Track of the Week comes from BIMM Institute Dublin student Sarah Crean. Her broad influences and honest lyrics give the listener an unforgettable experience. 

Check out her latest track, ‘Show Me Nuance’ below!


Describe your new track in three words…

Dreamy, lighthearted and inviting.

What inspired you when writing this track?

I had written loads of different lyrics to this song, which definitely emphasises how inspired I was when I was writing the track.

During the writing process, I reentered the mindset of when I was coming to terms with having feelings for someone, I used the track to cope with said realisation. I really love how playful the verses feel, which I used as a way to depict that kind of euphoric feeling when you put someone you like on a pedestal. Then mixed with the contrast in the choruses, where I’m pushing myself to have more sense about the situation. To me, it feels like an accurate representation of the inner back-and-forth involved within that experience.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

Too many! Lyrically, I look to artists like Japanese Breakfast and Bruce Springsteen. Musically, it tends to be artists like Men I Trust, Yerin Baek and Mac DeMarco. Definitely a mixed bag of inspo, but I like how each inspiration has made an appearance somewhere in my work.

What would you say makes your music unique?

I’d like to think it’s my willingness to explore different styles, mixed with openness and total transparency in my lyrics that makes my music unique. I tend to avoid genre constraints before approaching new work, I prefer to let the individualised progress of each track inspire me as I go, I think that adds a sense of relaxation to my stuff.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

Studying at BIMM has propelled me and my development as an artist in a multitude of positive ways. But most of all, the people I have met and worked with as a result really stands out. Being surrounded by such talented and dedicated musicians has encouraged me immensely, and that kind of encouragement feels incredibly unique to the environment BIMM has provided for us as students.

What’s next for you?

My debut headline gig is the first thing! It takes place in The Workman’s Club Cellar on March 30th, with support from Robbie Stickland, which I’m so insanely excited about. I released my debut album Call For Refinement last year and the concept of finally getting to play it live is quite honestly a dream.

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