21-year-old one-woman wonder Tash Sultana is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with her seemingly endless array of instruments, simultaneously fiery and sultry voice, and talent to last lifetimes, Sultana is completely dominating the Australian music scene with no sign of stopping there.
First starting with guitar at age 3, the Melbourne-born musician then went on to learn brass, woodwind, and percussion. She has been open about her past battles with addiction, suffering a drug-induced psychosis at age 17; with the help of professional aid, Sultana recovered, creating a Bandcamp page and her now very viral YouTube Channel. The live recording of her 2016 single ‘Jungle’, accumulated over a million views in less than a week and her debut EP Notion still remains in the ARIA top 50 albums, despite now being released over seven months ago. Since her emergence last year, the entire music world has been unable to stop thinking about Tash Sultana. To say that the release of her newest single, ‘Murder To The Mind’, has been highly anticipated would be a severe understatement. Recorded in her hometown with the same engineer behind her EP, Nik Miltiadou, the genesis of the single came a day off her sold out Australian tour. In her downtime, Sultana bought a new Nord keyboard and after experimenting she developed the lead hook for the piece.
‘Murder To The Mind’ is one of Sultana’s most intricately crafted pieces yet. Built around an unwavering drum and the keyboard hook, the smooth soul of the arrangement is accentuated by Sultana’s evocative falsetto. Her vocals alone often make you forget that – as usual – everything you hear is played by this one woman; she is pure unfiltered talent. From her natural gift for melody to her unique and virtuosic command of multiple instruments and loop pedals, Sultana is magic. She teases the listener as the piece follows a warm trumpet line, moving away from the guitar-heavy style of her previous singles. However, it suddenly bursts into a staggering guitar solo, enveloping the listener with another mind-warping Sultana signature.
In reference to the title, if anything is being murdered here, it’s our minds with this killer release. Her Australian tour sold all 20, 000 tickets in less than three days with no promotion. Now onto the final shows, Sultana is already prepared for her next performances at Groovin The Moo, Splendour In The Grass, and her four-month non-stop international tour across UK, Europe, Americas, and Canada. She has also announced that in between all of that, she will be going back into the studio to work on a full-length debut album, which will likely contain her most recent live video jam, ‘Mellow Marmalade’.