What type of music does Sietta make? Soul? Blues? Hip-hop? Electronica? The answer is all of the above. I know, it’s hard to believe I’m describing one band, but after one listen, you’ll understand. The genre-melding duo from Darwin, producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig and vocalist Caiti Baker, walk a tightrope between bass-heavy electronica and blues, as they fuse two seemingly conflicting genres in a spine-tingling bolt of electronic soul.
With an EP, album and acoustic EP under their belt, Sietta’s second album The Invisible River showcases skillful production, incredible vocals and a profound maturity from the electro-soul two-piece. Let It Go, the duo’s latest single, opens the album beautifully, shifting between pulsating beats and an entrancing melody spun by silky smooth vocals. Bake’s emotive vocals build to a crescendo slowly but surely, before erupting into a blaze of percussion set against subtly layered synths. Not only are they masters of originals, Sietta proves both diversity and talent in their eclectic collection of covers (Tom Waits, MS MR and The Weeknd).
Mangohig’s brilliant multi-instrumentation combined with Bake’s soulful vocals demonstrates a truly magnificent marriage of genres. Smooth, seductive and dripping with soul, whether it be their original works or their take on classics, Sietta’s music is a must hear.
The Invisible River is out now through Elefant Traks. Sietta will launch the album on Saturday, March 15 at Darwin Railway Club.
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