Sarah June is a singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. She has been singing and playing piano and guitar since childhood. In high school she began writing songs inspired by the haunting imagery of the industrial wasteland she was surrounded by. When she was 18 she began to perform in Chicago and Detroit, and put together an EP called "three-quarter view" in 2001. Currently she lives in San Francisco. Still inspired by bleak urban landscapes, and the loneliness that lurks within us all, she spent this past year writing songs that she compiled into her debut album: "This Is My Letter To The World". She recorded and edited all of the songs alone in her apartment, being careful to preserve the sincere and delicate sound-quality of the original recordings. Many of the songs' lyrics pay subtle homage to some of Sarah's most beloved literary figures such as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Ray Bradbury, and Gwendolyn Brooks. "This Is My Letter To The World" is a visual experience as much as it is aural, with imagery-rich lyrics woven into atmospheric and fragile melodies.
Though singer-songwriter seems too common a term to apply to Sarah June, however accurate it may be. Singer-songwriter she is, but the songs she writes and sings are both more beautiful and more haunting than the average fare. There is an uncommon ghostly air to her album. Like the smell of flowers in a empty and abandoned house where sunlight comes shining through dusty window panes. Perfectly sparse and lonesome, these songs come from the edges of dreamland. 10 original compositions accompanied by 2 well-chosen covers (Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and a stunning version of Elvis’ “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You .”)
"Raised in Detroit and now living in San Francisco, Sarah June is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose new album is a lovely, intimate, poetic meditation. Her wistful, imagistic lyrics show the influence of Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath, and the simple acoustic backing is perfect for a quiet afternoon alone. She also reinterprets Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Elvis' "I Can't Help Falling In Love with You" to stunning effect." "...She has one of those haunting voices. The album actually reminds me of The Cranes or maybe Mazzy Star. The Cranes were a sort of gothy dream pop band in the 90s. I fell in love with them as well. The music was dark but the vocalist had this angelic childlike voice. Sarah June has this same thing going on, so let me rename the genre dark dream pop folk. I have only had the album in my possession for 2 days now but I have already listened to it a bunch of times." ~Amoeba Music