Saya Gray has released her first single entitled “SHALLOW (PPL SWIM IN SHALLOW WATERS)”. The track sets the template for Gray’s sonic world — a swirling of aural colors to create a beautiful whole: picked, oscillating bass and guitar melodies; Gray’s incredible, versatile voice scaling phenomenal heights; ghostly sounds hovering on the peripheries; entire songs blooming within each verse and chorus. At times, it sounds like a collage; at other times, it sounds like a friend elegantly singing in your ear. It is the sort of track that writers say comes from a “fully formed world,” creating a singular experience in three and a half minutes that sounds like nothing else you will hear in 2020.
Gray self-recorded and played multiple instruments on the song, which was originally written using voice notes while she was traveling around the world as a touring bassist. The result is intimate and startling.