Her Skin, 26-year-old Sara Ammendolia, is an Italy-based singer-songwriter. Sara is originally from Modena, Italy, and began writing songs when she was fifteen. Having a passion for music since as long as she can remember, the first song she ever liked was Le Freak by Chic. Her Skin first Ep, Goodbyes and Endings, came out in September 2015 and, in May 2016, she released her second EP Head Above the Deep.
Her debut album Find A Place To Sleep was out in 2018 on We Were Never Being Boring, and, after three singles, Suitable, Heavy-Heated and Confident, her sophomore album I started a garden (her debut UK album) is out now, again on WWNBB, containing nine new songs.
She takes her inspiration from artists such as Sibylle Baier, Vashti Bunyan, Mac DeMarco, Beirut, Joni Mitchell, Jay Malinowski, The Kinks, the Head and the Heart.
Her Skin has a thing for very sad lyrics combined with delicate and light-hearted melodies.
What Sara Says: “Suitable is a love song. I wrote it as a reminder that love should be something natural and spontaneous and that it’s not something that you can force. I wanted to write a song that described this idea of love as something romantic, that wins all distances, something that’s not really under your control.“
“I wrote Confident because I needed a reminder that perfection isn’t real and that it’s ok to mess up. I needed a reminder to stop comparing my behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel. It’s ok to feel bad, it’s ok to use the wrong words, to waste time, to be late. It’s ok to leave everything untitled.“
“I Started a Garden is a crash course on how to deal with the mess of being in your twenties, feeling lonely, nostalgic and out of place and not knowing where you belong. While writing this album I was just waiting to ‘become myself again’, but I learned that everything you bury is a seed. It took me three years to write and record these nine songs, and I am aware that I’m not the same person I was when I started working on this record, but that’s what makes it so special to me. It’s an album about the lessons I learned, the people I loved, the time it took me to heal.“
Hovvdy – 1999
This song reminds me of the small town I grew up in. Leaves falling, walks in the park with my dogs, reading books, listening to sad songs on my iPod. This song makes me feel loved.
Laura Marling – For You
This is my favorite love song. Ever. It’s so pure and sweet it breaks my heart in tiny little pieces every time I hear it. It’s the song I want to hear at my wedding. Everyone deserves to feel this kind of love, I hope I’ll do too someday.
Samia – As You Are
This is another love song, but one to listen to when you’re sad. Just put your headphones on, play this song, dance slowly alone in your room and sing: “when somebody loves you, they take you as you are”
Acid Ghost – All Alone
Close you eyes and imagine driving down a long road on your own with your windows down in the autum sunlight. This is the song I would listen to for the occasion. It makes me feel so free!
Julia Jacklin – CRY
“hiding my depression from my housemates, I don’t know them well enough yet to cry in the kitchen”. Do I have to say more?
Elvis Depressedly – Who Can Be Loved in This World
I don’t remember how I discovered this song exactly, but I like it so much. It’s so sweet.
Vashti Bunyan – If in Winter
This song is so silly and Vashti Bunyan is one of my biggest inspirations. I love the lyrics in this one much: if he leaves me, I’ll have one hundred lovers and I’ll be okay, but at the end not really, because it’s him that I want. And she sings this heartbreaking thing so softly.
Andy Shauf – Comfortable With Silence
This song is perfection to me, even with the sneeze at the beginning and all. It’s so simple but so intense. It’s hypnotizing.