Blackbird – Dan Sultan
Dan Sultan found a new management team, a new record label, and sought the guidance of producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, King Of Leon). The result is Blackbird, Sultan’s third album and the result of two months of production in Nashville. Coming off the back of his multi award-winning effort Get Out While You Can, expectations were high, and Blackbird certainly delivers.
As well as his staple rhythm section of bassist Joshua Jones and drummer Peter Marin, the studio sessions sees a revolving cast of additional Nashville players, including Russian-born bluegrass player Ilya Toshinsky, who plays banjo on ‘The Same Man’. “He’s an incredible musician,” Sultan says. “The song goes from this hillbilly sound to Arabic scales to just flat-out shredding, and it’s on an Australian rock and roll song. And we recorded it in Nashville. That’s pretty weird, but it all comes together.”
Though it draws inspiration from afar, Blackbird is also a simple journey of a man singing about love, desire and identity. The album describes the years of searching that came before it. It’s there in the charging second single ‘The Same Man’; it’s in the ode to country ‘Kimberley Calling’ and in Blackbird’s stripped back final track, ‘Gullible Few’.
Blackbird is a definite achievement and worthy of Sultan’s undisputed talent. Sultan’s beautiful songwriting has developed to a previously unseen level of depth and maturity in his work.