DOUBLE A SIDE SINGLE : ‘I’D BE LOST’ + ‘ONLY ONE’ OUT NOW
Eternal Return is the new studio album from acclaimed singer-songwriter, Sarah Blasko, to be released on Friday November 6 and available for pre-order now. Fans will be able to see Sarah perform Eternal Return as she previews the album, accompanied by visuals designed by Mike Daly, at the Sydney Opera House’s Graphic Festival on October 11 – click here for info.
Eternal Return, recorded at The Grove (NSW) and produced by Burke Reid, is an unabashed paean to love, and Blasko is more than happy to admit it, “I’m very open about that. It’s a “love album”, and it’s from personal experience.”
Sarah launches the album with two singles I’d Be Lost + Only One.
I’d Be Lost draws upon Talking Heads for inspiration, with a dash of Donna Summer thrown in for good measure. Only One delivers a deftness of touch and a lightness of spirit that would have been unimaginable from the artist only a few years ago. “I wanted the album to come from having a fun experience. The last couple of records I wrote on my own in a room with a piano, and I started doing that again and I got really depressed,” she laughs. “This time I just wanted to dance around in a lounge room.”
Listen to ‘I’d Be Lost’
Listen to ‘Only One’
For the most part, the lyrics on the album are disarmingly simple. Blasko’s words are direct, almost naked in their honesty, and poetic imagery is kept to a bare minimum. There is a conversational, first-person immediacy about the songs that no listener could ever misapprehend. They are emotionally explicit, and have the ring of truth.
Eternal Return featuring collaborations with David Hunt, Ben Fletcher and Nick Wales, has a marked retro-electronic vibe throughout: “I got interested in old synths again, which I haven’t been for a few years,” says Blasko. “A lot of my favourite pop records are synth-based and many of my favourite loves songs are of that ilk.” She names Gary Numan, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson as just a few of the album’s influences, as well as Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. “They were all artists that I grew up listening to. I was thinking about Tina Turner when I was singing Beyond. No-one else might necessarily hear that, but that’s where I went in my head.”
Despite the nostalgic influences there is nothing lightweight or cheesy about either the songs or the production. Blasko and her collaborators scrupulously avoid clichés and keep everything understated and taut, never sugary. The overall effect is that the poignant lyrics and ravishing melodies always take centre stage. Sarah Blasko’s spectacular voice has always been one of her greatest strengths but she has never sounded better than she does on Eternal Return.