Label: Lonely Lands Records
Released: 19th February 2021
‘Terra Firma’ has a meditative quality to it; there is something quite reflective in Tash Sultana’s music.
The title directly translates as ‘firm ground’ and perfectly situates Sultana in their career right now. Having transformed from busker to in-demand performer, it inspires a need to return to earth after the dizzying heights of success. ‘Crop Circles’ shows this effortlessly as honeyed vocals melt into the smooth instrumentals to create an unwinding, relaxing melody. Sultana builds layer upon layer in multi-dimensional jams like ‘Coma’, creating a truly hypnotic wall of sound.
Playing with a combination of soul, funk, RnB, folk, rock, and hip hop, ‘Terra Firma’ is a true mix: “Aretha Franklin meets Bon Iver meets John Mayer meets whatever,” they explain. To describe ‘Terra Firma’ as an effortless listen is to ignore the deeper significance of the philosophical questions, as it asks: “But where’s the wisdom? Where’s the knowledge?”
With such depth, it’s an album that both reveals and rewards.