'Too Much Space' is out now!
Community and connection with others is at the heart of Sari Abbott’s new single, Too Much Space. The music video, which premieres today exclusively on Countrytown, was shot by Chris Kay.
Inspired by the events of the COVID-19 lockdowns and physical distancing, the Sunshine Coast singer-songwriter penned Too Much Space when shops closed down and people became worried about being close to each other, in a usually inclusive community.
Sari said, “I remember walking down to Noosa Junction and everything being closed on a Friday and it was so weird because usually there would be five musicians playing all night. It had a feeling of loneliness and emptiness, and everyone got a bit scared of each other. I feel like the whole community went downwards and being a tourist spot, people became suspicious of interstate number plates.”
Sari said she felt disconnected and separated in a community where people were usually talkative and friendly to each other, and so this song was born. Too Much Space was penned via a Zoom co-writing session with Cass Hopetoun and Blake Dantier.
“I was feeling like my home was becoming a ghost town and they were feeling the same and had experienced the disconnection between people and community,” Sari said.
The CCMA Junior Academy Graduate 2021 hopes Too Much Space, which peaked at #11 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart, will encourage people to reconnect as life returns to normal.
“I think a lot of people are feeling like this, and we are all a community, but suddenly that all changed,” she said. “As we wrote in the song, I hope we can be side-by-side not miles apart and maybe we can just hit restart and start being people together again. As much as it can’t change people’s opinion on the matter, maybe some people will realise they miss talking to their neighbours and they’ll have a coffee with them and start reconnecting.”
Sari is a finalist in the ‘Open Category’ of the 2022 NAB Gympie Music Muster Talent Search and will perform at the Gympie Music Muster this week, alongside headliners Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole and more.
As well as also being a top 10 Gympie Music Muster Talent Search finalist in 2019, Sari was also runner up in the Tamworth Songwriter Association Talent Search 2020/2021 and a top 100 finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2021.
She has performed at Caloundra Music Festival, Byron Bay BluesFest, Gympie Music Muster, and Tamworth Country Music Festival and gigs regularly around the Sunshine Coast.
Watch the video below!
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