Sargent Channels Grief Into Art On Self-Titled LP
The beauty of “Echo Hill” drew me into the sound of Sargent. The loss felt resonated with me perfectly, especially at a time when I lost someone close. As Gretchen Lieberum mourns the loss of her mother on the opening track, I’m further drawn into the ethereal sound and the imagery of wandering for days, lost in your own thoughts. Over the course of the self-titled album, Sargent is nothing but genuine and heartfelt in her songwriting.
I’ve had Sargent playing for a month or so, and every time, it’s a new experience. The laundry list of topics in “Waltz (Foolish Desire)” provide a perfect setup for a love letter; the listing of scenarios is romantic but in the end, it goes nowhere as it is ultimately a foolish desire. “Torn Asunder” is haunting with its gentle plucks that seemingly morph into a music box. Throughout the album, as melancholic as the sound is, you can’t help but feel what the artist is feeling — the hurt — the bittersweet taste of it serves it purpose.
After losing her mother and giving birth to her son, Lieberum has found one of the best ways to channel her grief and joy. Let Sargent take you on a journey that deal with death and love in the most beautiful way possible.