Those of us who live in Portland are blessed to inhabit a region teeming with musical talent, arrayed across a wide variety of genres. You want lumberjack-inspired indie folk? We got you covered. That semi-famous chamber pop group? Sorry, you’re going to have to be more specific. Garage rock bands? You get one free with any purchase of $50 or more at New Seasons.
But one area where Portland is traditionally lacking is pop music. Sure, we have a plethora of -pop suffixed sub-genres, but when it comes to the emotive, feelingsy stuff that we tend to favor here at FRIDAYNIGHTSALONE, it can be hard to come by.
Thank god, then, for Sara Jackson-Holman and her new album, Didn’t Go To The Party, which dropped last week. Given the theme of this blog, the album deserves a nod for its title alone, but I’ve really been digging the title track, as well. SJH’s vocals are the perfect mix of singer-songwriter and breathy chanteuse, like Daughter meets Lana Del Rey – the perfect soundtrack for evenings when the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder. Although if I were you, I’d recommended falling asleep on the couch, not on the backseat your friend’s van.
Sara Jackson-Holman recently opened for Yael Naim at Doug Fir Lounge, and she’ll be headlining at Mississippi Studios on October 19. You can get tickets here.
If you want to check out the album, you can stream it on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Music. You can also purchase the album from iTunes or Amazon.