Sassyblack in The StrangerOctober 28, 2016
Sassyblack will be playing at Nectar Lounge on Sunday, Nov. 13th. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” will be laying it down! Below is an excerpt out of the article from The Stranger on her!
“Dating sucks. It’s like a shitty game show of self-imposed vulnerability. Sure, you might walk away with what society tells us is the grand prize, reciprocated love. More likely, you’ll go home alone and a little more cynical.
No More Weak Dates is the full-length debut from SassyBlack, the solo project of Catherine “Cat” Harris-White. She’s one half of the recently disbanded THEESatisfaction, her duo with Stasia “Stas” Irons. The album title projects confidence in the bizarre and often grueling exercise of dating, but it also acts as a powerful, protecting incantation. This duality characterizes Harris-White’s cosmic but soulfully grounded “hologram funk.”
“‘No more weak dates’ is a really bold statement,” she says. “Like, ‘I’m not going on any more weak dates.’ It’s kind of arrogant, but then it’s also self-care, and then it’s also like, ‘I need to make sure I’m not just out here doing stuff, you know, I’m not out on a date that I don’t want to be on, I’m not going out with people for pity’s sake, you know—I’m not wasting their time, either.'”
“When I think sci-fi, I think psychedelia,” she says, “and science fiction is very relatable to jazz, because jazz is very beyond—like, people weren’t listening to music like that. There’s free jazz, and there are all kinds of different genres within that genre. They just kind of expand beyond space. With scatting, it was like, we’re escaping words to create these sounds. I think about creating this epic story when I think about science fiction. I think about making this story that is involved in the universe, outside of us.”
No More Weak Dates is made great with this shadowy tension—it’s terrestrially grounded in real experiences while simultaneously orbiting around Harris-White’s open-ended existential question: “Is there one solid soul mate, or am I floating aimlessly toward my fate?””
Come to Nectar Lounge to check out her unique sound!
Read the full write-up here: http://www.thestranger.com/music/2016/07/20/24361236/the-spacey-subtleties-of-sassyblack