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Sandrayati releases debut album ‘Safe Ground’

Sandrayati releases her profound debut record ‘Safe Ground’ via Decca Records.

Sandrayati releases her profound debut record ‘Safe Ground’ via Decca Records. Produced by Grammy-nominated composer Ólafur Arnalds and inspired by the longing to define home, Sandrayati weaves many worlds into this body of work. A music video for new single ‘Smoke’ is also released today, directed by El Hardwick (Porridge Radio, Jasmine Thompson, The Big Moon). Sandrayati will play her first UK headline show at the glorious St Pancras Old Church on March 22nd.

Moving from place to place whilst growing up, to follow her parents’ calling in fighting for the rights of indigenous people, meant that human connection became home. Developing an intimate relationship with land also plays a role in defining her home. Sandrayati draws her inspiration for this from a particular indigenous community, the Mollo people from East Indonesia.


Alongside the album, Sandrayati is releasing today the associated music video to new single ‘Smoke’: “El Hardwick’s vision magnified specific symbols in the song through the relationship with light. I found that the narrative wove itself around translating the idea of having an outer and inner light; opening to the possibilities of creation in the spaces in-between.” she explains.

About the single, Sandrayati adds “This song explores the connection between the seen and the unseen.  In the culture that I grew up in, there is a belief that our ancestors continue to live with us, felt, but unseen, both in our bodies and in nature. Smoke is the bridge between these worlds, and rituals work with smoke to keep us connected to those who walked before us, connected to nature. This song is my reflection on the mystery of that connection, as well as a kind of longing to remember the depth that exists there.” 

Earlier this month, Sandrayati released ‘Vast’, featuring Ólafur Arnalds, where she welcomed us into her tranquil world. The track circles stages of a woman’s menstrual cycle, which mirror the cycles of the moon. An ode to remembering how physically in sync people are with the rhythms of nature, and the power of this relationship. Watch here.