Think Ahead Tuesdays: Maverick Sabre, Innerstanding

By Anton Constantinou

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Multi talented vocalist, Maverick Sabre, will very soon be dropping his latest album, Innerstanding. Due October 30th,it comes three years after his debut release,  Love Are the Brave, and is set to be sensational.  If the title is anything to go by, then the sentiment behind the album could be taken to mean knowing oneself from the inside out (Sabre is certainly no stranger to an introspective record or two).

Tracks already released from it include, Come Fly Away, Breathe, Walk Into The Sun and We Don’t Wanna Be– with a further 9 to follow in just under 5 weeks. Come Fly With Me is a bittersweet ballad about escaping a hopeless life for something better. Motivational as well as sombre, it asks us to bravely turn our back on war and suffering, in the knowledge that it could all be “gone in the morning”. Breathe  is similarly about stepping outside oneself- in this instance for love’s sake, to avoid being further taken for a mug by a game-playing partner. The heartfelt lyrics on offer are backed by a suitably  slow, soulful beat which combines rumbling bass and trippy synth work to achieve that sense of gloomy uncertainty we all feel when in a tentative relationship. Walk Into The Sun is the cheery stroll the same suggests: a jazzy, upbeat tune encouraging us to focus our energies on the positive things in life. We Don’t Wanna Be, on the other hand, sees Sabre switching up his usual singing style to rapping as he lays down some gritty bars with the help of east coast rap giant, Joey Bada$$. The glitchy black and white video says it all really (see below):

Stepping on the music scene in 2008, Sabre’s eerie vocals and guitar playing have enabled him to cross multiple genres seamlessly. He can do hip hop, soul, rnb, post dubstep and has even tried his hand at reggae fusion. His first appearance came with Irish rappers,  Terawrizt & Nu Centz, on their album,  Sense and Terror, where he featured on the tracks Lucky and Used to Blame. A year later he teamed with Jermiside & Danny Diggs on Middle Classic. Further performances on SBTV and BBC 1Xtra led to Sabre releasing his debut mixtape, The Travelling Man, in 2010.

It was his collaboration with Professor Green on Jungle (Alive Till I’m Dead), though, which really caught public attention . With the single hitting #34 in the UK singles charts and #31 the following week, Sabre was well on his way to becoming a star. Indeed, by 2011, the first single from his debut album, Let Me go, hit #16 in those same charts. As a testament to the album’s success, Lonely Are The Brave stormed to #2 in Scotland, and #3 in Ireland.

Following the launch of Innerstanding, Sabre will be going on a big cross country UK tour in November, taking the stage in Glasgow, Sheffield, Brighton, Cambridge, and Bristol. Those London bound, can catch him at The Forum on November 19th. All tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the following address:

If Innerstanding is anything like Love Are The Brave, then expect confessional lyrics, slick production and broad crossover appeal.





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