Brooklyn based singer/performance artist Sabrina Chap is sad. She was supposed to go to the UK to tour her latest album, Postcards from the Rearview Mirror. After years of touring the UK and getting five-star reviews in Edinburgh, she was excited to bring this entirely different show and sound to her UK audience. However, the album is out now, which she discusses with The Fountain along with her desire to play anywhere aside from her bedroom.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Postcards from a Rearview Mirror?
The most consistent response from people is that they’re so shocked at what a different sound it is. I’m primarily a pianist, and my two previous albums were full of ragtime-y songs. This album is electric guitar lead, and sonically in another world. It’s like the difference between Carol Channing and PJ Harvey. But people also seem to be resonating with the story aspect of Postcards from the Rearview Mirror. It’s almost a radio play, with monologues splitting up the ten songs
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
Postcards from the Rearview Mirror is an abstract radio musical with ten songs detailing the arch of queer desire, hope and heartbreak.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
It’s impossible for me to tour this now, which is really sad because I have nine videos I made with filmmaker Anna Hovhannessian to accompany the live show. I’m releasing some of those as music videos, doing promo, and getting ready to get back in the studio. I recorded this album in my bedroom, so I’m aching to get back in the studio, but I just have to find someplace that is safe. I’m also simply trying to stay sane as my country erupts in flames, both literally and figuratively. It’s a hard year. So, staying sane and somewhat productive is a pretty big goal.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
When I do straight cabaret shows, I love playing The Riding Room in Scotland or doing Bar Wotever Night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London. There’s such a sense of community in both audiences, and it feels more like a party than a concert. I had entirely different venues booked for this tour and was heartbroken to have to cancel it.
In terms of where I most look forward to gigging next – it sounds so stupid – but honestly – anywhere that’s not my bedroom. I thrive on the art of live performance, and to have that tool taken from my toolbox, as a way of not only communicating the song but connecting with people, is really hard. I will look forward to performing in a sh**ty bar, a grand music hall, or someone’s living room. But to be in the same room as people listening, and to share that magic of sound is something that I hope all performers will never take for granted again.
Postcards from the Rearview Mirror is out now, via ERT Records.