Sara Kays Releases Long-Awaited ‘Watching TV’ For The Broken-Hearted
Following an unexpected break-up, curated within a Notes app chain of thought, is Sara Kays highly anticipated, heavy-hearted confessional “Watching TV.” Since its addition to her live setlist, fans have been bursting in suspense with tissues in hand, eager to find a connective anecdote to relive in honor of the genre-bending alt-pop pioneer.
The RIAA gold-certified, Indiana-bred musician has had the world at her finger tips since her songwriting debut. After finding her footing in the business, Kays was drawn to the delicacy of writing and displayed her passion through her magnum opus “No Matter the Season.” As if overnight, Kays amassed a following of intricately engaged, incredibly supportive fans through the internet’s finest, TikTok. With over 2 million supporters, her music was infectious and her emblem of consistency led her to the studio.
Following her previous releases “Math” and “When You Look At Me” is “Watching TV,” which is available now on all listening platforms. Emerging from a relative experience, this track dismantles the boundaries between diaristic and conversational and fabricates a category of its own. “I wrote ‘watching tv’ about a breakup I went through 2 years ago,” says Kays. “It caught me so off guard because we had just been hanging out and watching tv together the night before like everything was normal. I’ve been wanting to write a song about the feeling that breakup gave me since it happened, and I finally managed to do that with this song.”
In a spotlight of gentle acoustics and self-reflective reverberations, Kays dissects her past in comparison to a fallen love that made sense. In a heavenly introduction filled with spirited plucks, she begins her journey down memory lane. “I’ve had a love that was doomed from the start/I’ve had a love that slowly fell apart/I’ve had a couple more that didn’t make sense/But at least I knew when those came to an end,” is sung with an authentic rasp and slowly develops into an out pour of poetic confusion that only she can render.
Far beyond the means of our understanding, her anecdotes become specifics, and those specific bellow through a time lapse that seems to be etched into her inner monologue. “Yesterday you were happy to see me/Fell asleep watching re-runs on repeat/Then when morning came, you decided to leave me/Where did that come from, we were just watching TV,” although reads with embellishment, is so gut-wrenchingly pragmatic. With painfully specific lyricism, “Watching TV” accentuates on the in-between spiral following the end.
Her two-way conversation pivots and crumbles as her naivety becomes poison, “Was it that time I was late to your house?” she says “Was it that time I avoided your call?/Was it the words I should’ve kept in my mouth?/Or was it just a combination of all?” Through a self-sabotaging infliction, her narrative circles until its equilibrium surrenders to the denouement. As the story becomes darker its instrumentals follow an opposite path. Almost as if intentional, the music matches the fragility of her emotions. As her observations become more specific, indignant, and fatigued, her music follows her pulse–her aggressive, hell-bent, passionate pulse towards its final release. “Watching TV” is a beautiful, softened-diaristic, liberation of warranted defeat.
To further stretch this occasion, Sara Kays will be joining Alec Benjamin for a handful of shows this fall as well as MAX on his upcoming headlining tour beginning October 17 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA through mid-November. For more information visit here and check out the tour specifics below.
16 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz**
9 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom**
10 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre**
17 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory*
19 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades*
21 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom*
22 – Seattle, WA – Showbox*
23 – Vancouver, BC – Hollywood Theatre*
27 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues*
28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern*
29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
1 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent*
2 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey*
4 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot*
5 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall*
8 – Dallas, TX – Echo*
9 – Austin, TX – Empire*
10 – Houston, TX – House of Blues*
13 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre*
15 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live*
17 – Orlando, FL – Plaza Live*
19 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum*
*DATES w/ MAX **DATES w/ ALEC BENJAMIN