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Sarah and the Safe Word's "Red Hot and Holy" is Sinister, Sexy Fun

Sarah and the Safe Word's "Red Hot and Holy" is Sinister, Sexy Fun

I’m feverish.  Sarah and the Safe Word have kicked off their eagerly awaited return with the music video for “Red Hot and Holy”, the title track from their upcoming EP to be released on October 26th, 2018. The song is laced with a unique style and a satisfying edge that will immediately catch your attention.

If you’ve never heard Sarah and the Safe Word’s music before, this new single is as good a song as any to start with, as it maintains their trademark flavor of “cabaret rock” that seamlessly blends rock and roll with organic piano and orchestral swells. The haunting, reverberant piano riffs of “Red Hot and Holy” certainly bring to mind artists like The Hush Sound and early Panic! At the Disco. The music sets a soundscape that is an impeccable fit for lead singer Sarah Rose’s incredible vocal talent. All in all, it is a sound that Sarah and the Safe Word executes masterfully, and the production quality of the track is polished and immaculate.

The video follows suit with that high-quality feeling, featuring captivating cinematography and moving shots that are unmistakably professional. Adding to that are the aged, bare brick and exposed pipes in the backdrop, and disheveled, candlelit scenery which pair perfectly with the rustic tone of the song. The main plot of the video surrounds stirring illustrations of the seven deadly sins (or as they are referred to in the video “seven capital vices”), each of which are personified by one of the band’s seven members. Each depiction is performed with a distinct Sarah and the Safe Word flair; clothes are torn off in rage, and burning money lends a sultry smokescreen to video’s nefarious visuals. The use of sexy dark colors and leather-bound imagery can easily make this music video feel like a guilty pleasure.

If you have an affinity for the cabaret aesthetic, or are a fan of musical talent delivered with a dark edge, you really need to check out “Red Hot and Holy”. If the titular single is any indication, we have a lot to be excited for when the full EP drops this October.

You can watch the video for Red Hot and Holy here:

You can also listen to “Red Hot and Holy” on Spotify.

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