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Toronto’s resident alternative popstar Saya returns with “Death of Me,” the second single off her upcoming EP READY TO BURN, due out next year. “Death of Me” is an intoxicating Billie Eilish-esque sultry dark dancefloor anthem with a simmering alt-pop flow. This second single picks up right where her last single “SICK” left off, setting the foundation for the theme of the EP. The track is about unresolved attraction and lingering tension after a breakup, resulting in a powerful, sultry, pulsing dark pop banger that showcases Saya’s knack for writing infectious hooks. The samples and beats come together to create this sensation of spiralling, which perfectly complement the lyrics about a breakup. Layered over pulsing beats and pristine electro-pop production, Saya’s addictive lyrics explore the emotions of frustration, vulnerability, pain, and desire.
Variance premiered the track, and praised it for its “simmering” and “sultry” nature. Additionally, METAL Magazine shared an in-depth interview with Saya alongside exclusive editorial photos that are a must see. In the interview, Saya shares the inspiration of the EP and dives deeper into the narratives and her experience writing the record.
After parting ways with a major label, music became a challenge for Saya, feeling discouraged and uninspired. After a year of trial and error, taking time to herself, finding a new producer (Damian Birdsey), and teaming up with long-time friend/writing partner Alexandra Soumalias, the lead single “SICK” was created and her love for creating was reignited. Her EP sees Saya‘s triumphantly returning to music and more confident than ever. READY TO BURN is due out 2022 and continues the themes of Saya reclaiming her power, pushing the boundaries of genre, and breaking out of the projections previously placed upon her. After everything she’s been through, one thing remains clear: Saya is here to stay.