Having already made a splash earlier this spring in the UK and last summer in Australia, Sydney native Sarah Blasko will release As Day Follows Night in the US on August 10th. The album garnered rave reviews in Australia and was named “Album Of The Year” by Triple J Radio, Australia’s largest radio network. The album is already the best-selling of her career, following her platinum 2004 debut album The Overture and the Underscore and 2007’s ARIA-winning What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have.
For As Day Follows Night, Blasko enlisted producer Bjorn Yttling (from Peter Bjorn and John) and accepted his invitation to record in his Stockholm studio. “Going to Sweden on my own to work with musicians I had never met before was a bit daunting, but also really refreshing,” Blasko says. “I like the idea of an album being an adventure. Away from home, you’re more open to new ideas. In life in general, I like to feel uncomfortable, I like to put myself through difficulties unnecessarily. Nothing good comes out of being complacent.”
Blasko began writing As Day Follows Night while simultaneously writing the score for Sydney’s Bell Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. The two projects soon became confluent for her. “When I wasn’t performing, I would sit backstage at the piano and write my own songs,” she says. “The piano, for example, grew to seem as apropos for me as it did for Hamlet.” As a result, her own music became more fleshed out.
As Day Follows Night was recorded in a quick ten days. The result of Blasko and Yttling’s work is twelve songs that harken back to classic pop albums with orchestral arrangements, ethereal vocals and Blasko’s hauntingly personal lyrics. “With this album,” Blasko says, “everything seems to have slotted in to place and the timing feels perfect.”