Back with her sixth studio album Depth of Field, Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko has intertwined her familiar pop sound with new electronic influences to create an eclectic collection of songs.
Written and recorded during a two-week residency at Campbelltown Arts Centre in Sydney, this album demonstrates the incredible evolution of Blasko’s artistry.
Inspired by a line from a poem by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, lead single ‘Phantom’, narrates the significance of influential people in your life and their contribution in forming who you are. Underlined with simple yet obsessive sci-fi pulsating synths, the track injects seductive piano chords to convey emotional depth.
Channelling the feelings of abandonment on ‘A Shot’, the track discusses the trauma of betrayal. With fragility, Blasko sings “I was naive to put my trust in you”,dramatically telling the tale of heartache surrounding disloyalty. The preppy ‘Never Let Me Go’ disguises desperation with a memorable 80’s electro-beat and unpredictable strings, whilst the Annie Lennox and Sharleen Spiteri hybrid of vocals create an eerie yet soothing feeling.
Perhaps considered the anomaly of the album, ‘Everybody Wants To Sin’ is heavier than anything else present on the record. Reminiscent of electronic duo Goldfrapp, the energised track displays Blasko’s diversity and her impulsiveness. Following on from this moody disposition, and also sounding like it could feature on a Peaky Blinders soundtrack, ‘Heaven Sent’ omits a neo-soul vibe. Orchestrated with dramatic string arrangements, the song’s contrasting morose verses, coupled with an elevated chorus,heighten the sounds of a matured musician.
The tense ‘Making It Up’ and ‘Savour It’ tell the tale of a spiteful end to a relationship. The confessional ‘Making It Up’ narrates the male perspective with cruel taunts whilst ‘Savour It’ uses a saddening tone to portray a sense of acceptance from the female. Capturing each side’s feelings and emotions, Blasko has expanded her artistry by singing from different experiences, which is something she hasn’t explored previously.
Drawing an elegant close to the album, ‘Leads Me Back’ encapsulates Blasko’s typical peaceful character. It’s this marine-like track that pinpoints Blasko as an enchanting and complex songstress. Similar to Lorde’s writing style – this track wouldn’t look out of place on Melodrama– it combines a diverse yet calming melody with fierce lyrics, proving to be a powerful combination.
Blasko’s growth as an artist is evident throughout Depth of Field– this album being one of her most rewarding pieces of work yet. Her ability to manipulate sounds and vocals to provide heavier emotional weighting has gracefully created a complex sincerity across the record.
WORDS: Paige Sims
FEATURED PHOTO: Kylie Coutts