Australian film might be in strife but Oz Music is in good form. I’m taking a break from the thesifying to clean the ap’t up in time for Christmas. That requires music! I’m listening to Beth Gibbons’ Out of Season, the wonderful Sia (originally from Adelaide)… and something new to me, New Buffalo’s Last Beautiful Day. New Buffalo is singer/songwriter Sally Seltmann.
I bet you never thought I’d say this about my goddess Beth O, but I agree with the review posted on the site:
Largely composed of analogue organs, scratchy samples, and layers of Seltmann’s thin-yet-tender voice, it’s a profound piece of personal expression, a collection of lyrical pop-songs that’re a product of a single individual. It’s so Sally’s album that a guest-vocal guest-spot from Beth Orton (on Inside) seems like a minor incident; the famous folkie but a murmur in the background as Seltmann stages another off-kilter, home-made, shockingly-intimate symphony.
Sally’s vocals remind me a little of Sarah Blasko, but I think she’s a bigger find… New Buffalo are playing in Melbourne on the 16th of January at Manchester Lane. Ok, back to the bathroom scrubbing now…