Under the Weather follows Sagar’s life and the depression that consumed him in 2019 — after a brief album intro, it jumps right into “Feel Better,” a reflection on attempting to buck up when the weather outside is grim. The album is hazy and moody, the pace slow as syrup, and from beginning to end, a fog falls over every synth and guitar line. In “Inaminit,” Sagar cancels plans when he’s feeling low; the closing track, “Tenterhooks,” sees Sagar’s deliverance into the depths of despair: “Feel myself drying up / feel myself turn into dust,” he sings over a funhouse mirror synth. “Oftentimes when you’re in a dark place, you’re supposed to journal and that helps release the pressure,” Sagar says. “For me, it always found its way into the music.”
Capturing the cloudy sound of a depressive funk was no simple feat, especially in the headspace Sagar was in for over a year. For that reason, he decided to enlist his friend, Jerry Paper’s Lucas Nathan, to help with production on the record. Having Nathan contribute helped Sagar dial back some of “dry, pristine digital sound” that defined his fourth studio album, Helium, and add back personal analog touches that drew people to the HOMESHAKE project in the first place.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed having a second set of ears. It’s pretty invaluable,” Sagar says. He would send all the of tracks back and forth with Nathan over the course of 2019, which made the process a longer one than he was used to. “There are a lot of things that I probably wouldn't have done that Lucas did do. I would tend to do a lot of softening of things, a lot of making everything super bassy and gentle. Lucas was aware that sometimes you needed some punch and grit.” To Sagar, those additions made the record what it is — a melodic, honest look at personal emotional struggle.
As Sagar readies it for release this September, the record he wrote about feeling isolated, alone, and despondent has begun to seem eerily prescient. “People will probably think that I made Under the Weather during or about Covid,” Sagar reflects now. “I was just already living my life that way.” For Sagar, the feelings he experienced over the course of that year are far from over — “I’ve been writing about feeling isolated my whole life,” he says — but with age, he has come to understand them better. “I had a fairly clear idea what the album was going to be like based on where I was emotionally at the time,” he says about Under the Weather. “I just try to make music that is honest about how I’m feeling.”
to Flying Lotus’s independent label Brainfeeder. Drawing influences from jazz, soul, hip-hop,
pop, Shuggie Otis, Captain Beefheart, Stereolab, and R. Stevie Moore, she creates a blend of
experimental dreamy sounds with jazz influenced vocals and piano. She released her debut
album on Brainfeeder “Zdenka 2080”, a conceptual sci-fi album that has been described as a
“stunning interdimensional travel themed new album” by Gigwise. “Zdenka 2080” was
nominated for Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards for best album of 2020. She also had the
honor of joining Flying Lotus’ Flamagra Tour and joined Cinematic Orchestra’s European tour
and Toro y Moi’s “Outer Peace Tour”. She will be joining the TuneYards US. tour this August.
After a couple years of touring as a singer/instrumentalist with other bands and collabing with
groups such as Bizarre Ride (Pharcyde), Dj Numark, and Starro, a bandmate gave her an
MV8800, catalyzing a deep dive into the production world, self recording and mixing her albums
on the MV, "Son of a Sauce", "Zlaty Sauce Nephew", “Zdenka 2080”, and “Chapters of Zdenka”.
Drawing from her studies in planetary sciences, she creates a unique experience filled with
space inspired sounds and galaxy chords:)