We can be late to this. But we wouldn’t forgive ourselves for not being on this at all. Melbourne own Tash Sultana is one of this year most exciting and unique new prospects in alternative music. Combining the raw sound of acoustic electric guitars, and a really uncommon vocal range and tone, she is a one-girl-show which exploded in what seemed to be an instant. From home-made videos to more than 1 million plays on Spotify and tens of thousand followers on all social networks. And this is so justified, that we are not even surprised.
The first time we get to listen to her, she played in the car speakers, at night, on a smooth ride, and the slow beginning, the electric feel, the way she brings the song home, not ever rushing and always intense, was simply everything we needed. This is, in fact, what it seems to be her trademark across every single song. But there is also something else. Something very difficult to explain. There is something out of this world about Tash Sultana. And that brutal something, is what makes music seems everything that matters on earth.
This year she released three songs. We could not and would not want to choose only one. Here is our public service to a better world.
Notion has similarities with some of the pieces performed and written by Matt Corby. Full acoustic power and soulful recreation, this song is the pure example that the most beautiful songs are the ones that are first of all felt through the performer. Dated from February this year, this is a gem to treasure and treasure for years to come. Imagine being by the sea and listening to this:
The first thing to notice about Gemini, is again, the slow building. First time the vocal comes out it seems like there is something profoundly cultural about it. From the home-set video we can see the power of the electric keys and how she combines her entrancing vocals to take this to a beautiful contemplative world. The trumpet bit is plain magical. The whole thing makes the world turn up-side-down, doesn’t it?
From all the songs put out as official singles by Tash Sultana, Jungle is probably the biggest one. And the one that showcases best her capacity to wonder using very simple music bits. For the first two minutes the first thing she does is building layers upon layers of electric feelings and perfectly composed melodies. When the rasp in her voice presents itself we feel melting inside. And when it reaches the end it is a very difficult task to run way from this and not playing it again. “Welcome to the jungle”, the only place we will want to be.
Tash Sultana has just sold out two London shows and will be touring Australia until March 2017. By the time we get to 2017 Summer, we bet she will be booked for major festivals. From our part, we can just hope that Portugal is on her map.
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