who is Sarya?

a classic asian squat

a classic asian squat

sarya (she/they) is a Taiwanese-American singer-songwriter/poet based in Edinburgh and Taipei.


sarya’s music stems from the roots of spoken word and DIY music, using emotional lyrics to fuel her Nordic-cave inspired vocals. sarya likes to play with kitschy and electronic 8bit noises to make catchy and/or pessimistic songs about the worries of everyday life (sometimes, in the form of rap). Despite lock-down blues, sarya's music has been rising in popularity in 2020, with over 150,000 streams for her latest EP, "take care of yourself". "i don't know where i'm going but that's okay" was featured on The Herald Scotland as the #1 song of new Scottish music of 2020. 


"sarya is an absolute master at capturing relatable feelings and emotions with her sublime lo-fi beats and exceptional lyricism"”

Tallah Brash, The Skinny, 2021

...an irresistible cauldron of indie, electronica and folk sounds and the soaring high-pitched vocal melancholy...”

Martin Williams, The Herald Scotland, Top 100 Tunes From Scotland in 2020

most recent release: i'll break my heart (so you don't have to)

"i'll break my heart (so you don't have to)" (2021)

unrequited love can be better sometimes

A electro-pop single depicting the pain of an unreturned love that can result in a lasting platonic bond. Time will tell that it's for the better, even if it really hurts right now :( 

"incredible" (2020)

the heart is a lonely hunter

A two track single with some very hard-hitting songs about loneliness and lost love.

Featured on Spotify playlists, Bloom and Scotify.

"take care of yourself" (2020)

an ode to self-care

A multimedia mediation on taking time to appreciate the self, this EP is composed of a spoken word piece, rap, a few ambient songs, and cheerful bop.

As seen featured on various playlists such as The Stress Buster and Evening Indie, as well as international radio stations like Radio Taiwan and BBC Scotland Introducing. Most recently, sarya was featured on The Herald Scotland's Top 100 Tunes from Scotland in 2020 for two tunes from this EP, namely "i don't know where i'm going but that's okay" and "take care of yourself". 

Her lyrics, honest, meaningful and sad were sung with a passion and hope that left the audience in a melancholic silence throughout the performance.”

Isabelle Hunt-Deol of GUM Magazine

first release: insomnia song

♪ this is my insomnia song, if you know it then sing along ♫

"insomnia song" was sarya's first single. Released in December 2018, recorded and produced by Cazenove Sounds in Taipei.

sarya reflects on sleeplessness back in her childhood home, longing for connection from an estranged familiarity. 

album artwork by Tess Glen.