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Flow State: Tash Sultana

WORDS BY BIANCA O’NEILL

Crossing genres.

From the first 10 seconds, it’s clear this is going to be a pretty special album.

A multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth on the streets of Melbourne as a busker, Tash Sultana’s known as a formidable live performer.

Fittingly, she’s brought that live sound to Flow State. Minimal intervention is key here – her guitar licks hang in the air as her soulful, ethereal voice winds its way around the personal and introspective lyrics. ‘Big Smoke’ brings reggae beats to indie rock, punctuated by a wailing Hendrix-y solo.

‘Cigarettes’ brings a little Badu, while ‘Mystik’ gives me early No Doubt. There’s a reason Tash is making waves overseas, and it’s great to see that talent manifested in a smashing cross-genre debut.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 183. You can read it here.

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