New Audio: Pollena Shares Sultry “Bask In Blue”

Sarah Brown is a London-based singer/songwriter, who first cut her teeth touring across Europe with neo-soul outfit Girlhood. Last year, Brown stepped out into the limelight as a solo artist, as the creative mastermind behind indie electro pop project Pollena, a project that has seen her collaborating with an eclectic collection of rising producers.

Brown’s debut single as Pollena single “The Pool” caught the attention and support of BBC’s Phil Taggert and Lauren Laverne. Building upon a rapidly growing profile in her native England, the London-based artist’s sophomore single “Glitter” was released to praise from the likes of Under The Radar, Earmilk, Line of Best Fit and others. “Glitter” also received airplay from BBC 1Xtran, BBC 6 Music — and landed on several Spotify and Apple Music playlists, including Apple Music’s New In Alternative and Spotify’s Fresh Finds Pop.

Last June, Brown released her third Pollena single, the Footshooter-produced “Stand Up,” a Larry Levan house music-like take on electro pop featuring skittering beats and twinkling synths paired with the London-based artist’s self-assured and soulful vocals and a euphoria-inducing hook. And while being a feel-good, club banger, the song is centered around an uplifting and necessary message for our current moment. “This year more than ever we’re ready for real change. ‘Stand Up’ is about giving people the confidence that they need to make that change happen,” Brown explains. “Don’t just accept things as they are, don’t just go ‘back to normal’. It’s about expecting something better.”

“Stand Up” wound up receiving airplay from BBC Radio 1 and was named Lauren Laverne’s “While you were sleeping track of the day.” The track also landed on several playlists including Spotify’s Fresh Finds and New Music Friday UK among others.

Brown’s highly-anticipated, Barney Whittaker a.k.a. Footshooter-produced and co-written debut EP Rising was released earlier this month through Team Talk Records. The EP sees Brown giving listeners a a reason for optimism and resiliency in especially challenging times. Rooted in raw, honest lyricism, Rising EP‘s material sonically draws from and meshes elements of neo soul, house music, electronic and R&B.

“I enjoyed working closely with Barney on this record. It was really important to me to incorporate genres and sounds we love. The messages and themes of the EP are all important to me, ideas I’ve wanted to express creatively for some time. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved.” Brown says.

Rising EP‘s latest single “Bask In Blue” is a slow-burning and vibey bit of Quiet storm-like neo-soul centered around glistening Rhodes, gently padded beats, a wobbling and strutting bass line paired with Brown’s breathy and yearning cooing. “Bask In Blue” may arguably be the sultriest song of her growing catalog — while revealing a rising, self-assured star.