Sarah Blasko has finally released her rare EP ‘Cinema Songs’ on digital services. Recorded in 2009 around the time she released her acclaimed album ‘As Day Follows Night.’ ‘Cinema Songs’ is a six-song EP that celebrates Blasko’s love of classic cinema. Each song is a stripped-back piano-led ballad which shines a light on the extraordinary interpretive skills of one of Australia’s finest performers.
Prior to today, these songs were only available to European audiences through a deluxe release of ‘As Day Follows Night’ more than 11 years ago, but now Blasko fans can finally access the recordings and hear a universe of movie-themed songs that Sarah herself has loved throughout her life.
“Cinema Songs is a bunch of songs from musicals I love growing up that I thought would make a nice addition to the As Day Follows Night Deluxe version all those years ago. Jim Moginie and I wanted the recordings to sound like we were playing them in a little piano bar somewhere. I’m fully aware that ‘If I Only Had A Brain’ was a ridiculous choice, that’s why I didn’t release it widely the first time around, but here it is in all its glory! Enjoy!”
Xanadu (from Xanadu)
Seems Like Old Times (from Annie Hall)
Maybe This Time (from Cabaret)
If I Only Had A Brain (from The Wizard of Oz)
Something Good (from The Sound of Music)
Out Here On My Own (from Fame)
The day of release, June 4, 2021, also marked the day (after a year of COVID-related vinyl plant shut downs) that the complete deluxe vinyl reissue of ‘As Day Follows Night’ (also featuring ‘Cinema Songs’ on vinyl) hit stores. Released on Dew Process in July 2009, ‘As Day Follows Night’ represents a high watermark in Australian songwriting. It won the 2009 J-Award for Australian Album Of The Year, and also took out the ARIA Award for Female Artist Of The Year. The album, which features favourites such as All I Want, We Won’t Run and Bird On A Wire, went on to achieve platinum certification and was listed at #19 in the book 100 Best Australian Albums, the highest placed record by a female artist.
Blasko has described the album as a “hopeful heartbreak” record. It’s a collection of songs which inhabits a rare sonic universe created over 5 magical days in Sweden with producer Bjorn Yttling.
‘AS DAY FOLLOWS NIGHT’ AND ‘CINEMA SONGS’ ARE AVAILABLE NOW VIA
DEW PROCESS / UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA
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