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Sarah Blasko

What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have
Low Altitude Records
www.sarahblasko.com


The phrase What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have perfectly themes Sarah's sophomore album, with its dark undertones and lush melodies which ebb and flow as the waves along a deserted beach. From the album cover to the content this album is one of my favorite indie/downtempo releases of the year.

Sarah Blasko has a very unique sound which could be described as a fusion of Cat Power (Chan Marshall), Zero 7, and Coldplay. Sarah's classical training has a very obvious influence in her life and music which shows through with her unique instrumentation including violin, cello, double bass, and even the bassoon. She expertly incorporates electronica/downtempo methods with folk and classical styles which makes for a fantastic album.

'For You' is very reminiscent of older Zero 7, undulating between harsh synth tones and almost liquid melodies. 'The Garden's End' is a dark driving indie rock tune with excellent beats and raw multi-tracked vocals which writhe amongst each other like snakes in a pit, whereas 'Planet New Year' sounds like a Coldplay concoction with it's ethereal accompaniments and it's great hooks. Sarah has really mastered the idea of [creating] a diverse album while maintaining a single style, which tends to be a problem among today's up and coming indie artists.

If I can impress one thing upon you, the readers, it would be to please, please, please listen to this album; it will change your life forever… Ok, maybe not quite, but it is a spectacular album deserving of all the praise I can give as a reviewer.

-Liger Woods


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