Single Review: Sasha Pieterse – R.P.M

Sasha Pieterse is a South African born actress and Singer/Songwriter, she is noted particularly for her role in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars (based loosely upon the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard) where she played one of the central characters, Alison DiLaurentis. She reprised her role as this character on a spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Just before we move on from PLL’s I just want to add that I’ve reviewed music from Tyler Blackburn, one of her fellow cast mates on the show, and you can check that out here. Prior to this she made her acting debut in The WB remake of the 1966 sitcom of the same name, Family Affair, where she played one of the main roles, Buffy Davis. She made her film debut starring as Marissa Electricidad / Ice Princess in the 2005 movie, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl.

In 2013 she began her music career, with a patriotic song about America called ‘This Country is Bad Ass’ which is really a love song to the country she now calls her home. I usually would have actually started with this debut track but I was unable to find an official release of it, it’s currently grayed out on Spotify, and isn’t present on Itunes, and while I could find copies of it on YouTube and Soundcloud, these were not official releases of the track and as such I did not wish to link to it. So today, Instead we will begin with her second release ‘R.P.M’ which was released on June 13th 2013, via Dan Franklin Music.

‘R.P.M’ opens fast and hard, with high energy, strings, a fusion of melody and drive that just immediately captures you as a listener, it blends out just slightly as Pieterse’s vocals kick in, but the ebb and flow of the hard melody provides a fairly consistent backdrop throughout. I like that it’s not just guitars and bass either, there’s something that I think is a violin, and as anyone who reads these regularly will tell you I love little extras like that, it really adds a lot of complexity and audio texture. Anyway, vocally, Sasha really shines, she’s got a strong and energetic voice, and while the backing is powerful and threatens to overwhelm, she holds her own, her vocals richly layered on top. It’s a really impressive song, that’s already so polished even though she’s still just getting started as a musician. I really enjoyed this track, and would really like to hear more from the artist as she’s got real talent. 

So that’s what I thought of Sasha Pieterse’s single ‘R.P.M’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Spotify. While you’re at it, make sure and support the artist by following them on Facebook and Instagram

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