By Ashley Farnie
Despite making music for nearly three years, Sasha Sloan’s debut album, Only Child, finally drops during a year full of upsets and disappointments.
With her raw and honest lyrics, Sloan unpacks the complications of growing up as a woman in a society focused on human connection and physical appearance. She teaches us life lessons through her articulately formed thoughts and lyrics.
As the album opener, “Matter to You” focuses on the loneliness of living in a big city and a big world. This track is a love song for the person who makes you feel like you have a purpose in a world determined to make you feel small.
The titular track, “Only Child,” reinforces the theme of loneliness throughout the album’s entirety. This lyrical ballad examines the differences in familial relations when you have a sibling to experience life with.
The presence of body image in the media is a fact that cannot be denied, and the unrealistic expectations for women pose obstacles that are seemingly impossible to surpass.
“House With No Mirrors” explores the hypothetical situation of living without acknowledging your physical appearance. By shining a light on instances that we do not realize have been affected by our physical appearance and perception by others, Sloan proves the hindrance of focusing on such aspects of life.
“Lie” interrupts the melancholy sound of the album with an upbeat pop melody. Despite presenting itself as a positive track, “Lie” is rooted in self-hatred and begs for lies to be told in order to believe in your own self-worth.
As an open letter to listeners trying to gage her opinions, “Is It Just Me?” Sloan states her ‘unpopular’ opinions to see if she is completely alone in her thoughts. As this album deals with the struggles of loneliness in the midst of online relations, this track is a reach for connection.
The passage of time during a worldwide pandemic is an eerie concept that points us back to our past. “High School Me” asks what our past self would think if they saw where we are now. Teenagers look up to adults as role models, and Sloan asks if she would be that for herself.
Sloan serves as our older sister throughout this album, making sure we don’t experience life as an only child. Dealing with the loneliness of the world and the trials of being a young adult, Only Child reminds us that other people experience the same feelings universally.
Featured image retrieved from Sasha Sloan’s official website.