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The responsibility of an artist is relative. There are those who create that feel that their works of art is a product of experimentation and that audiences are free to interpret it anyway they choose. On the other hand, there are others who choose to wield the same spirit of experimentation while using their platform to comment on societal issues. Free Form, Sarah Elizabeth Charles‘s forthcoming release, feels more like the latter. It’s a 12-track full-length album where SEC, alongside her band members Jesse Elder, Burniss Earl Traviss II, and John Davis (who collectively make up SCOPE), are able to discuss a wide-range of issues from mass incarceration, bigotry, police brutality, violence and more. Co-produced with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Free Form also gives listeners a deeper look into SEC as she explores personal issues in some of the tracks.

From top to bottom, Charles’s forthcoming release is both technically brilliant and emotionally bold as the performances and songwriting display her stellar musical prowess while the content displays a transparent vulnerability. SEC was kind enough to give us a more in-depth look into her songs in this special edition of Track by Track Analysis as she delves into each cut and gives us an insider’s look on Free Form.

Catch Sarah Elizabeth Charles on Monday, October 9 as she celebrates the release of ‘Free Form’ at Joe’s Pub.

Purchase Free Form on iTunes.

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