#8 Tash Sultana
One of my favorite artists that I discovered for the first time this year is Tash Sultana. This 23-year-old one woman band from Melbourne, Australia received a guitar from her grandfather at age-3 and started teaching herself how to play. Today she can play over 20 different instruments including guitar, bass, trumpet, flute. trombone, and saxophone.
Sultana got started busking (street musician) in the streets of Melbourne and playing open-mic nights on a fake-ID. The world started to take note, when she made a Go-Pro recording of her song "Jungle" in her living room and posted-it on YouTube. It received over 20-million views (today it has 34-million views.) This past year saw her play a whirlwind tour of sold-out shows across the world, including sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza. I journeyed North in May to see her play a sold-out show at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. It was a truly spectacular performance!
"Flow State" is the debut LP from Tash Sultana. It dropped in August and has been streamed over 500-million times and has topped the iTunes charts in multiple countries. This is album is loaded with great songs and I'm going with the very first song I ever heard back in January. It's called "Mystik" and it's #8 on the Lights-Camera-30 countdown.
Camera: Photo #8
This year's World Series between the Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers featured not one, but two rainbows that appeared over the city before games at Fenway Park. We just happened to be airborne when one of them appeared! It was a magical culmination of a magical season.
#8 Siouxsie & the Banshees
Gothic post-punk band Siouxsie & the Banshees had already been around 12-years, by the time I finally discovered them in my first year in college radio at 90.7 FM WKKL on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At that time in 1988, "Peepshow" was their newest release (their 9th album overall.)
In celebration of its 30th anniversary the album has just been remastered from the original 1/4" tapes at Abbey Road Studios and reissued on 180-gram vinyl. My favorite track from the record was bizarre, chaotic, and more fun than anything I had ever heard before in 1988. I still adore this tune today. It's called "Peek-a-Boo" and it's just been added to the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen