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Sophie Coran | photo by Rachel Del Sordo | courtesy of the artist

Sophie Coran’s “Saltwater” is an unpredictable ballad that rises and falls, much like an ocean wave. The song begins on a somber note with moody piano chords and lyrics that reference drowning. Chimes and synth are then added to the track, and the tone of the chords become increasingly less discordant as the song progresses. The multidimensionality of the song — both subdued with mellow accompaniment, and on edge with more sinister lyrics — makes for a gripping listen whether you’re alone at home or spending the weekend on the beach.  

Originally performed live in Coran’s Key Studio Session back in March“Saltwater” plays with the metaphor of sinking versus swimming as a way to discuss the struggles of early adulthood. Sometimes Coran feels as though she falling under the waves, and other times she feels as though she is riding the tide. One thing for sure: she is most definitely not sinking on this track.

Listen below, and see Sophie Coran at Plays & Players with Jack Zaferes, and Emmett Drueding next Saturday, June 8th. More information can be found here.

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