Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New discovery: Sarah Blasko

Do you like that Lykke Li? Australian musican Sarah Blasko does. She likes her so much that, when she had written enough songs for her third album, she phoned up Lykke Li's producer and asked him to rub his magic fingers all over her mixing desk.

He said "yes", and the rest is a happy, haunting, fragile, sexy, smoky, jazzy, acousticy(?), hummable history.

Sarah called the record Day Follows Night (we've checked, and she's right about this) and it became a critical and commercial hit in her home country.

Buoyed by that success, she's paying a visit to Britain, which she wants to break. Not in the boring political "family values are disappearing and immigration is destroying our culture" way, but in the exciting "having a hit single and playing a concert and maybe one day meeting Miquita Oliver" way.

"I’ve wanted to have my music out here for a long time," she says in a press release. "I’ve always known it was possible, but I’m a big believer in things happening at the right time. With this album, everything seems to have slotted in to place and the timing feels perfect."

With that in mind, Sarah is doing a small gig in former Soho strip club Madame JoJo's next Monday, and releasing her single, We Won't Run, on March 22nd.

I actually prefer one of the singles that came out last year in Australia, No Turning Back, which has a charming Mr Benn-style felt-tip video - so here are both to whet your appetite.

Sarah Blasko - We Won't Run

Sarah Blasko - No Turning Back

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