Sarah Blasko’s third album transports the listener to another era, though the artist herself expresses the difficulty to “pinpoint when or where that is”. As an singer songwriter never content with repetition, the intricacies of old are stripped back and this album feels explicitly like an awakening, the result of which is organic, honest and direct. Each track exudes a compelling mysticism and ethereality as the weighted strokes of the resonating drum, alien nylon guitars and dwindling piano ultimately serve to balance Blasko’s brass-swathed lullabies. With Swedish producer Bjorn Yttling at hand (The Hives, Camera Obscura, Lykke Li), encouraging a paired-back and otherworldly aesthetic, Blasko’s album is rife with raw heartbreak and melancholy but, as she insists, “it’s uplifting and you don’t hear the whinge”.
‘As Day Follows Night’ is out through Universal.