Said Sara – “I Star As You”


A recent track from Said Sara — the project of San Francisco-based David Benson — “I Star As You” unfolds delightfully, expanding with ruminating acoustics alongside thumping percussion and piano-laden charm. A strong melodic shift at 00:42 arrives alongside the vocals, with the “live that way,” section reminding me fondly of XTC. The re-emergence of piano following the “star is you,” vocal bit — alongside the sharper vocal touch at the two-minute mark — makes for a fully enjoyable series of events. I’m enjoying how the track retains a consistent, accessible aesthetic throughout, all while offering a series of clever structural twists/turns. Reminding me fondly of Aztec Camera and XTC, “I Star As You” is a pleasurable listen throughout.

Benson elaborates on the track below:

“It’s about something that I’ve done, something that I believe many of us do, where we replace someone who’s passed via self-embodiment. I catch myself mimicking the behavior, or a facial expression, or the walk of someone who was close to me—someone who demonstrated envy-worthy intelligence or confidence, or who seemed to love and to be loved by everyone. The loss hurts so much that you find yourself becoming that person, at least for a moment, to fill that empty space.”

“I Star As You” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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