Sasami: “Metal may be mostly a white man's genre, but the emotions that go with the sounds of metal guitar are emotions that all humans experience”

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LA artist Sasami Ashworth’s second album Squeeze is a sparkling, writhing mass of brutality and beauty. It is not a pandemic record as such, but the extremes – encapsulating the love and violence that represent humanity’s best and worst traits – have undoubtedly been shaped by that time.

Ashworth’s musical beginnings revolved around the French horn, before she studied classical composition. She then spent time playing synths with Cherry Glazerr and contributing vocals and instrumentals to records from the likes of Wild Nothing, Curtis Harding and Avi Buffalo. The guitar, by comparison, has entered the picture quite late.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.