We asked Sasha Siem to guide us through her highly anticipated debut album, Most of the Boys, which is out next week via Blue Plum Records (March 2nd). We also managed to grab an exclusive album stream so you can connect the dots. Check it out below.

She plays London's Forum on February 28th and The Lexington (as a headliner) on March 25th.


1. 'Most of the Boys'

"Most of the boys were experiments/ which is why she now has several exes after her name, like kisses." A song for the Scientist of Love about the experience of finding and losing love over and over again and what that does to a person. Can a string of failed relationships provide clues about the Chemistry of Love?


2. 'Kind Man's Kiss'

"Kissing is for the cowardly who know no other way/ to kill what they can't commit to." Calling all commitment-phobes - this song exposes the cowardly ways we avoid confrontation for fear of causing hurt. Sometimes it's easier to kiss someone than to break up with them?


3. 'Proof'

"I'm numb to the gun but the dumb silky touch of your thumb leaves me sore." In an age where we computer-game-junkies are near-immune to violence, gentleness has become a disarming weapon. In this song, tender touch is leaves a deep scar, a poignant mark.


4. 'So Polite'

"We're fine, we don't mind/ We're all so polite because we want to be liked." This song is a rage against fakery and the isolation that can come when true care between people is missing.


5. 'Knots and do-nots'

"You are the best at untying and retying knots and do-nots." We tie knots so as to secure things, so as to preventing them from unraveling. Why do we use the expression 'tying the knot' for getting married? How often do we eagerly 'tie things down' in an attempt to control life in all her wild and confusing ways? Relationships can either bind and entangle or unravel and liberate. Do we favor security over aliveness? Attachment over love?


6. 'Seamy Side'

"I don't want another boy on my bed, but there's another boy on my mind." Seamy-side is the old English expression for the inside seam of a garment. Shakespeare uses it in Othello to describe sordid and base characteristics "That turn'd your wit the seamy side without." This song exposes the seam between imagination and reality, truth and untruth. A string of playful word-games stitched together to create a nursery-rhyme for adults that uncovers the darker side of this splitting seam in many contemporary love-stories.


7. 'Silence'

"You bring your silence with you to the park..." Everyone has their own silence. Each silence is like a belonging that one can choose to care for or neglect, bring out to parties or hide behind the bathroom mirror. In relationships it can create distance or closeness.


8. 'Tug Of War'

"I want to go home but I don't know where home is tonight." You know how it's possible to be in the same room as someone and feel far far away from them? This song is about passion across distance, the things we don't say, the games we play.


9. 'So Go'

"So go, just leave me alone, I don't own anyone, or owe anything." The message of this song is clear: by holding on to anything - ideas, people, places, objects, versions of ourselves - we cannot know life in its fullest sense. We have to release and let go to let life in.


10. 'See-through'

"I'm starting to see through, everything that I wanted to see in you." This song is a call to the Sisters of Desire to break open the confines of what we think we see with our eyes and our hearts, to free us from our bondage and entanglements and spill us into the depths of the flowing seas of our inner wisdom and instinct.


11. 'My Friend'

"But don't you know that you're better than that/ That you're worthy of more than the bathroom floor at the end of the night." 'My Friend' guides our heroine on a quest out of her binding attachments into a deeper relationship with herself.


12. 'Valentine'

"You've been my adventure, you've been my excuse." Valentine is a goodbye with an extended instrumental interlude that hints at a move beyond the tricksy world of wordplay and rhyme of earlier songs into a wordless, expansive inner realm.