There’s a reason Sasha Sloan‘s velvety, fluttering vocals sound familiar. The 22-year-old singer/songwriter has lent her vocal chops to dance heavy-hitters like Kygo‘s “This Town” and Odesza‘s “Falls,” co-writing for everyone from Charli XCX (“Track 10”) to Camila Cabello (“Never Be The Same”).
Now, Sloan is charting her own path as a solo artist (and deviating from her EDM-based legacy), kicking things off in October with debut indie-pop single “Ready Yet.” The bright talent returns today (Feb. 2) with a two-track offering that only builds the hype: catchy introvert anthem “Normal” and “Fall,” an intimate piano ballad about reconciling with an old flame.
While “Normal” finds Sloan at a crowded party, admitting to the tune of soft guitar strums that “I know this isn’t like me/ I just want people to like me,” the more melancholy “Fall” disregards the hesitation of “Ready Yet,” with Sloan pleading, “I’m ready to fall/ In love again.”
“I wrote ‘Normal’ at a time when I was partying a lot. I don’t think I realized it at the time, but I was avoiding all the real problems in my life by going out and pretending to be someone else,” Sloan tells Billboard. “I did this a lot in high school too — most of my life I’ve felt like an outsider so I would go to parties to feel like I fit in. There isn’t a single lyric in this song that isn’t true. I’ve definitely sang along to songs I hated and made out with guys I wasn’t really into just to seem cool. Normal is about wanting to blend into the crowd for a night and I hope someone out there can relate.”
“Fall” is equally honest. “I wrote ‘Fall’ right before I broke up with my ex. At the time, I didn’t realize what it meant, but after we split up I listened to the demo and cried — that’s when I knew I had to release it,” Sloan continues. “I have some problems with myself and that can make being in a relationship really tough.
“This song came from a place of reflection after losing someone because of your own decisions and in hindsight regretting what you did. It’s about being able to say sorry and wanting to fall back in love with someone whether or not they want you back.”
Ride into the weekend with the two new tracks, below. Sloan hits the road for a U.S. tour with Joywave on Feb. 10 (keep scrolling for her full schedule), and is due to release her debut EP later this spring.
Sasha Sloan Tour Dates with Joywave
Feb. 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse
Feb. 11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Feb. 13 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Feb. 15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
Feb. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Feb. 18 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Feb. 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Feb. 21 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Feb. 22 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
Feb. 24 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
Feb. 25 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Feb. 27 – Atlanta, TX @ Terminal West
Feb. 28 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
March 2 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
March 3 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
March 6 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
March 7 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom