Sargent is the new project from singer-songwriter Gretchen Lieberum and her collaborator Jake Blanton (who has been a studio musician with The Killers, Beck, and many others). We're premiering Sargent's song "Waltz" from their first album Sargent, which will be released September 16th. The cabaret-pop style album is a soothing remedy for a broken heart. This project was a 6-year collaboration that is rooted in vintage instruments and has grown into airy, yet beautifully raw project.
Lieberum was raised in Berkeley, California, where she developed a love for jazz and funk. She is in a Prince cover band called Princess with her college friend, Maya Rudolph.
Lieberum tells BUST: "The song is like a laundry list of images and things that, in my mind, evoke feelings of sentimentality, romantic desire and longing. For the video, I imagined someone writing their thoughts in a journal. I was really inspired by the animated sequences in the Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage Of Heck, and wondered if I could do something similar, but as a lyric video. So I wrote out the lyrics by hand and drew a bunch of little doodles along with it. I then gave my scribbled lyric ideas to my friend (filmmaker and graphic designer) Debra Matlock and she was able to bring my doodle idea to life. She drew and animated the whole thing by hand in Photoshop. I also have to give a shout-out to my artist and musician friend, Leah Hayes; the font she created was used for much the lyric portion of the video."
Check out the premiere below to get a taste of the album to come:
All photos and music used with permission
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Patricia is a writer, activist, and aspiring journalist. She likes writing about politics, sexuality, and feminism. She is a bit of a wanderer and has lived in Morocco, Australia, and India. Recently moved to Brooklyn, she is currently learning to navigate NYC subways.