Champagne Jacket’s latest single, ‘Sarah’, is a captivating exploration of the artist’s relationship with his own mental health, wrapped in a funky and upbeat disco package. Hailing from Melbourne but carrying a distinct Brit vibe, Champagne Jacket skilfully combines influences from Bowie to Bruno Mars, creating a unique sonic blend that finds its groove in the realm of Nile Rodgers and Jamiroquai.
The track reframes the concept of serotonin, often dubbed as “the one that got away”, turning it into a metaphorical lover that was taken for granted. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of substance-fuelled, feel-good moments, intertwining nostalgia and a hint of regret. The sultry yet speedy vocals add a layer of depth, making ‘Sarah’ more than just a danceable tune but a reflection on self-discovery and personal growth.
Champagne Jacket describes the song as an ode to a time when he neglected his mental health, confidence, and clarity. The transparency in his lyrics allows listeners to relate, inviting them to acknowledge and reflect on their own journeys. It’s a celebration of personal growth, wrapped in a disco ball of infectious beats and grooves.
The single marks a significant step in Champagne Jacket’s artistic evolution, being the first track from his upcoming debut EP recorded with producer Gormie at Treehouse Studios, Victoria. The collaboration has injected a new dimension into Champagne Jacket’s sound, showcasing a willingness to experiment and evolve.
Having previously self-produced his debut single, ‘Walls of China’, the decision to collaborate with Gormie reflects a desire to explore new horizons. Champagne Jacket likens working with a producer to posing for a painter, emphasising the trust placed in the collaborative process. The result is a track that not only grooves but also resonates on a personal and introspective level.
As Champagne Jacket gears up for the release of his self-titled debut EP in early 2024, ‘Sarah’ stands as a promising preview of an artist unafraid to explore the complexities of life through the lens of infectious and danceable music.