SASAMI shares cover of Daniel Johnston’s ‘Sorry Entertainer’

The musical alias of LA-based songwriter-producer Sasami Ashworth has released a heavy take on lo-fi artist Daniel Johnston’s song, ‘Sorry Entertainer’.

SASAMI’s new explosive single, ‘Sorry Entertainer’, is part of her to-be-announced second album. The LA-based composer has also shared a music video directed by actor and comedian Patti Harrison and Alan Resnick.

The track is a cover of the 1983 song by American lo-fi artist Daniel Johnston, taken from his most popular album Hi, How Are You. Johnston was quoted as saying that he recorded the album during a nervous breakdown.

SASAMI says,

“I made my last album when I was in a very emotionally vulnerable and tender place, but after a couple years of touring those same subtle, more sensitive songs, the live show became louder and more volatile. A bit before the pandemic took hold I was really getting back into metal and numetal, so a couple months into quarantine I made an acoustic version of the System of a Down song “Toxicity.” My sadness ripened into anger throughout 2020, and deeper into it I started experimenting with a heavier palette and decided to perform the inverse exercise of metallicizing an acoustic song. ‘Sorry Entertainer’ is my take on mixing the desperation of being a hopeless and powerless artist and the extremely powerful sounds of a metal band. Like giving a toddler a flamethrower… or a fullstack.”

‘Sorry Entertainer’ marks the first song release for SASAMI this year following 2020’s ‘Mess’ and her cover of System of a Down’s ‘Toxicity’.

Photo Credit: Angela Ricciardi

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