New Hotness: Sarah Blasko

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I tend to arrive at concerts in time to see the openers. Sometimes, they are absolutely horrible. Actually, a lot of the time I wonder how they got on tour in the first place. But other times, I am amazed and turned on to a cool new performer. The ratio is about 3 suck to 1 good so far. But this is a story about the good. “Teh suck” will come later.

Evan Field (guitar hero in Honor by August) pointed out that most of the female artists I listen to have a very similar vocal style (see Blondfire, Ivy, Stars, Imogen Heap, Shivaree, Emily Haines, etc.), so that I gravitated towards another similar delivery style is no surprise.

I went to the Ray Lamontagne show at the 9:30 club on his first record with Andy (aka DJ Kynz). Very quiet show. The opening artist was a woman and an acoustic guitarist (who Imogen later found out was Robert F. Cranny, Sarah’s co-writer and co-producer). Her name was Sarah Blasko [ official | wikipedia | myspace ]. She had a cool vocal delivery and song structure reminiscent of some of the darker Neil Finn stuff and lyrics heavily influenced by the Thom Yorke school. So I pick up the record, The Overture and the Underscore and it doesn’t leave my playlist for months. Songs like “Don’t U Eva” and “Perfect Now” are just these great sonic assemblies with complex orchestrations (underscore if you will).

Her first record/EP, Prelusive is different than her full length. It’s her still trying to find her voice, especially in the production sensibilities. But it’s great for a debut EP. Far better than most bands ever achieve.

She released a new record late last year in Australia, but it’s not yet hit the shelves in the US. What the Sea Wants the Sea Will Have is a more energetic record than the last, featuring a broader sonic range. I think most of this can be attributed to production but parts of it are simply the vocal delivery. The record was recorded at Neil Finn’s studio in New Zealand and features some very unique sounds. “Explain” features a Bassoon followed by a string section—not exactly standard rock fare. The record, and her material in general exhibits a large nod to classical. Songs like “Queen of Apology” have an underlying counterpoint that borders on baroque harpsichord lines. My favorite tune on the record is probably “Hammer” followed closely by “Queen of Apology” and “Always On This Line”. You can hear some of these on her myspace page.

Sadly, it looks like she has no upcoming US tour dates planned at this time.

Further Listening

Prelusive [ Amazon ]
The Overture and the Underscore [ Amazon | iTunes ]
What the Sea Wants the Sea Will Have [ Amazon ] (import only)

Various videos and live audio on the fan site

I recommend the Live at the Chapel (link to video zip download) performance from her Overture/Underscore record tour in Australia.

  1. dotsara says:

    You might also like Rachael Yamagata [official | wikipedia | myspace ]? She has a much raspier voice, definitely not bell-clear like Sarah Blasko.

    But she was also opening for Ray awhile back. (:

  2. Thakhani says:

    Here is a real condemn. People renaidg this blog in NSW who follow the local news will probably have heard that a 21-month old child died after two men who fled the scene of an East Hills liquor store robbery and were pursued by the police on the motorway collided with the back of the family Subaru. At the time of the collision a number of police cars were involved and a police helicopter.Now anyway you slice it, the two alleged offenders were not all that good at risk trading. Two guys who think holding up as liquor store and fleeing with about as much in cash and gods as they could make in a week of mowing lawns or distributing spam into people's letter boxes ($1265 plus two bottles of whiskey) are not the kind of people to make good decisions when at the wheel of a car being pursued by the police. Post-collision, one of them got out and tried to hijack another vehicle, only to be knocked down. He's in hospital.My question is what possessed police to pursue such a dangerous pursuit, particularly after the police helicopter had them under surveillance? Pulling back, allowing them to get a grip on their emotions and to entertain the illusion that they could dump the car and escape on foot would have been more sensible, but it seems the police were little better at risk trading than the two crims. They gambled with the lives of the public and, not surprisingly, lost what they had no business gambling with, given especially that the robbery in question was committed without injury by two obvious dimwits.It's simply madness that the cost of preventing the remote chance of a similar such robbery has proven to be a human life.I absolutely condemn

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