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Saphir shows no restraint on "Mother Mercy"

Saphir is a refreshing female voice in the underground alternative scene crowded by often mediocre male talent. We could use more voices like hers. Her new song, “Mother Mercy” is produced by Splashgvng and it gives Saphir plenty of vocal space to belt her impassioned lyrics over his ambient instrumental. The cover art depicts Saphir, with her iconic green hair, between a black and white background which perhaps represents the duality of her personality. Inside all of us is the internal struggle between good and evil, the path we choose is ours to decide.

Above is the cover art of Saphir’s song “ Mother Mercy ” produced by Splashgvng.

Above is the cover art of Saphir’s song “Mother Mercy” produced by Splashgvng.

In the song “Mother Mercy” Saphir appears confident and ready for the future yet also doubtful if her lover is really supporting her. The doubt building within makes her anxious as her lover’s opinion means more to her than just the opinion of a amorous fan. The lyrics of the song describe her in the backroom of a concert venue, preparing to play for her adorning fans who are “begging for more yet exceeding what [she] is”. They only came for the music, but may not fully appreciate and realize the personal hardships she has suffered which imbue her art.

Stories of the things that we use to do
Im feeling nervous while I’m chilling in the backroom
Im feeling nervous when I think I really had you
Im feeling nervous cuz this song aint even bout you
— Saphir

Her fans and supporters want to hear more music from her, but her music details emotional experiences she isn’t always inclined to explore, even “breathing is a chore” Saphir sings in a somber tone. As the tile of “Mother Mercy” suggests, Saphir is in pain, yet her art is able to redeem her soul, it’s her gateway to safety. While Saphir is currently dating underground rapper, and member of PURPOSE, Gizmo, this “song isn’t even about [him]” yet she is understandably nervous about how others may interpret her ambiguous songs. Bump this one in your car as you drive through rolling hills or dancing alone with a lit joint in your bedroom.