The phrase of the hour for a while now has been self-work. And Sarah Robyn Farrell, brand-new indie-folk-darling on the block, is here to wax lyrical on the importance of just that.
Despite the candid, confident debut she just put out – and we’ll get to that in a moment – music is actually the newest addition to her repertoire. She’s an eco-communicator (read: she spreads the word), a writer, an activist, a business-owner and a sure-fire straight shooter when it comes to getting real about things.
She studied classical oboe at UCT (and, in the vein of environmentalism, she joined the UCT Green Initiative early on), but these days it’s just her and a ukulele which holds down the fort of her sound. Which brings us to her debut single “Love In Our Hearts”, whose charmingly simplistic, lyric-heavy take on the unlearning and relearning process of society as a whole these days.
Sounds heavy doesn’t it? Not at all, Robyn Farrell has the unique ability to wrap it all up pretty cohesively in a cutesy package of indie-folk melody. Her style reminds me a bit of Jon Shaban – with a narrative, lyrically-heavy, yet simultaneously lighthearted flair. Half spoken lyrics meet a sparse uke backbone as she unravels unrealistic societal expectations ([…] by the time we reach our thirties we should have our shit together / or be a top earner”), and juxtaposes them against the reality that, while we’re all going to fuck up at some point or another, keeping the love in our hearts is paramount.
Wholesome, hey? And there’s a whole lot more in the works. Her second single “Hibiscus” is scheduled for release in May and promises to showcase an entirely different side to her sound, while an EP is also on the horizon. She’s gradually funding it through both her Patreon and BackABuddy campaign – while simultaneously channeling 20% of the proceeds into the Mining Affected Communities of South Africa.
Hinging her creativity on environmental and social justice, this is a girl to watch.