Dreamy trio deliver with debut
SARAH Blasko, Sally Seltmann of New Buffalo and the criminally underrated Holly Throsby are a force to be reckoned with.
As solo artists they make music from the same genre, a smart take on easy listening pop. As a band, they continue down this same road and the results are fantastic.
Judging by the songs on their debut album, pooling their talents was a natural and easy process.
Each has a distinct voice, it’s never hard to figure out who has taken the lead. They can complement each other, melting together or stand on their own depending on a song’s needs.
For reasons unknown, Blasko takes the lead more often than her bandmates. Maybe she got talked into it?
Their songwriting is refined and driven by similar things: honesty, vulnerability and introspection.
Converging for two weeks in New York from Melbourne, Sydney and Brighton, UK, to write, rehearse and record quickly, the ladies have given the album a special type of immediacy and energy. Piano ballad Even Though I’m a
Woman, is easy to relate to for those who have tried a long-distance affair: ‘‘ I think I’m in love with missing you/ More than I’m in love with you’’.
Album opener Bring Me Back is slow, solemn but it’s followed quickly by energetic handclaps and organ lines on the Throsby written Light All My Lights.
The latter’s free-jazz drum break is superb.
Jim White from The Dirty Three is the man on drums and teaming him with Shahzad Ismaily ( Tom Waits and Martha Wainwright) for bass and guitars duties was a stroke of genius.
Even If the Night is Dark was written by Seltmann, with the protagonist sounding down and sorry for herself in the verses before finding her feet and fighting back in the chorus. This is a clever writing technique that all three ladies have used in their solo careers.
Another song written by Throsby is the album’s biggest surprise, a lightelectro number that has some squelch in the rhythm section. Rely On Me is a tasty, unexpected curve ball.
The record’s most unrestrained outing is the closing song Going to Sleep where everyone sounds loose and free flowing. They let it all hang out.
Together, these three Aussie musicians have created a warm, classy, dreamy folk-pop album. How long will they make fans wait for a follow up?