Friday, 19 February 2010

Sarah Blasko - We Won't Run

Back in January (here) we introduced Sarah Blasko, a singer who after having had success in Australia is turning her attention to Europe. First up comes the single We Won’t Run. Recorded with Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John fame We Won’t Run finds Blasko delivering a captivating tune about the illusion of relationships. “Longing to leave, but begging to feel that something will make you stay,” she purrs. The video is a simple one-shot piece that slowly reveals an eye with Blasko at the centre, vein like branches holding her steady. When we’re used to high gloss, high production pieces the film seems almost too simplistic, yet the symbolism is powerful - Sarah has opened her eyes and is moving on, stronger. “Tired of guilt, tired of being sorry, haven’t we suffered enough,” she questions.

After a couple of listens We Won’t Run gets under the skin and stays there. The production by Yttling certainly helps the song, formed from simple tribal drums, a repetitive bass line and flushes of piano and strings. It seems like it could have been angrier, but its restraint gives it a sure-footed strength. Nothing is overstated or overcomplicated, it just does what it needs to do. We Won’t Run succeeds as a piece of music because of the simple qualities of melody, vocals and instrumentation.

The single is released on March 22nd and Sarah will be touring the UK to support to fellow Australians The Temper Trap in April and May.

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