Dreamy trio de­liver with de­but

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

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?

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