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
Ok, maybe not quite, but it is a spectacular album deserving
of all the praise I can give as a reviewer.
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