Two years ago acclaimed neoclassical pop auteur Sasha Siem was the talk of London thanks to her song cycle Most Of The Boys, a 12-song love story set to frantic orchestral shifts and swells. Siem, who has studied at Cambridge and Harvard, composed the project in Berlin and has performed it with the London Symphony Orchestra. When the time came to properly record it, she decamped to Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios to work with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Rós, Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Feist). Judging by lead single “So Polite” — a rhapsodic Fiona Apple-meets-Joanna Newsom rave-up that references crotch-grabbing along the way — the resulting record is as visceral and engaging as the live shows that preceded it. Hear “So Polite” below.
Most Of The Boys is out 3/2 on Blue Plum.