What you mean you’ve never heard of Sara Hartman?
Truth be known, we’d not heard of Sara Hartman either, but it would appear that the team at Universal Music Australia are hell-bent on making sure you do.
The 20-something native New Yorker is calling Germany home these days and is carving out quite the career for herself in Europe, currently supporting British songstress Ellie Goulding on dates across the continent (next stop Paris).
Her first batch of music, including lead single ‘Monster Lead Me Home’, is inspired by Sara’s big move abroad.
“I left my family, my home, and everything I knew, and that was terrifying,” she says in a statement. “The song speaks to that. It’s about giving in to something you know is there. I was inspired by the movie ‘Spirited Away’ where a ghost guide leads this girl around. That’s the image. If I have this big ghost monster to lead me around this weird time, I’ll end up where I’m supposed to be. You have faith everything will turn out okay.
“We found this blend of electronic aspects and acoustic instruments. It’s real, but it has some teeth. You can call it pop music, but there’s a message and substance. The words are like a piece of my skin. The past year was insane. I’ve only been able to process it through writing. It’s near and dear to my soul.”
And if ‘Monster Lead Me Home’ is anything to go by, we kinda get the idea that this won’t be the last time you read about Sara Hartman on the pages of auspOp.