Sarah Schonert: My Unwinding State

By Rhin Howard

Photo: Tara Diver

Photo: Tara Diver

Sarah Schonert is not afraid of taking a bold stance in her music, to challenge listeners as so many established artists have. On her fourth record My Unwinding State, Schonert wades into the deep with piano, spoken word, and a melodic discord. The album is direct and unblinking.

Schonert layers electronic with synth and vibrant vocals to create this unique record. There’s an obvious vocal resemblance to Kate Bush as well as a touch of Chrissie Hynde.

My Unwinding State feels as though it were a theatrical piece, a performance in a suspended space. Perhaps a soundtrack for an intensely personal film. The 16 tracks are certainly taking us through three or four acts of the artist’s state of mind. Tracks such as “Georges” feel wholly theatrical.

…the Seaboard is heavily featured in several songs as well as custom electronic sounds…

One of the most evocative tracks is the instrumental Experienne.” Gentle, timeless, and compelling. Other standout tracks are “Maybe I” and “Spare You Me.”

My Unwinding State is a striking work. Futuristic, rushing, churning, and finally, still.

Sarah Schonert – Vocals / piano, Seaboard, accordion, misc instrumentation

Produced, mixed, and mastered at Sarah Schonert Music studio in Peoria.
Brett David – Additional writing “We Were Something”


6 O Clock
Break Me Down
Crying Miles
Hit Save
Trade My Smile
Laundry Day
We Were Something
Back Down Soon Under Steady Rain
Maybe I
Spare You Me
Shadows Don’t Listen
Stained and Smiling