âI normally like to establish a concept or a script before I write a song,â Sara Kays told American Songwriter. âOften I write a few lyrics before I get into the melody. Then usually I write the song on guitar or ukulele and decide if I like it enough to take it to my producer.
For 22-year-old Kays, this method has proven to be reliable. Over the past few years, his unique blend of poetry and pop has racked up millions of streams across the globe. Then, at the end of 2020, things accelerated when she went viral for her hit “Remember That Night?”
Now the EP of the single is finally out, titled Hit by lightning, the 7-song project hit DSPs on August 6.
So that “Remember that night?” Is definitely the breakout single from Hit by lightning, one of the highlights of the EP is its title track, a touching duet with English indie-pop artist, Cavetown. Like many of Kays’ great songs, it all started with this initial concept. âMy main inspiration for this song was a friend of mine who struggles with a lot of things that they don’t always like to talk about,â she explained. “I wrote this song as a message to a friend to let him know that you will be there for him no matter what.”
Once this concept was defined, she set out to bring the song to life with its producer. âI wrote the first verse and chorus of this song in October just on guitar, and Steven and I recorded it the following month,â she said. From there, the idea of ââinvolving Cavetown didn’t take too long. âWe thought it would be cool as a duet, so we sat on it for a little while,â she continued. âIt wasn’t until around May that we sent him to Cavetown, which I’ve been a fan of for quite some time. He sent it back to us with a verse he wrote and we loved it. After that, Steven finished producing it and it was over in June!
With an easy groove, great performances, and an ultra-zeitgeisty vibe (even down to its cute clip), the song speaks to a resonant theme of friendship and love. To that end, Kays hopes it can be a catalyst for some good to the world.
âIt’s important to express your feelings, but it’s okay if you don’t always feel like talking about things,â she said. “I hope this song makes people want to watch their friends and lie next to them in silence when they walk through it and they don’t feel like talking.”
Sara Kays new EP Hit by lightning is out now – watch the clip for the title track (featuring Cavetown) below: