Spilt Milk is Tara Simmons first full length album and includes the track When You Say That I Don't Care About You as featured on Triple J.
Some artists are dedicated traditionalists, while others are a creative law into themselves; Brisbane-through-Blue Mountains chanteuse Tara Simmons definitely falls into the latter category. A Q Song finalist in 2006 and All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane soundtrack contributor, the long-awaited Spilt Milk is a warm, yet strikingly original debut – the Tori Amos/Fiona Apple/Bjork references don’t apply here because Tara sounds nothing like any of the three sirens while displaying her own, distinctive gift in spades.
Being a long-standing choral pop enthusiast, this reviewer couldn’t go past the fact how intricate yet organic the vocal and instrumental arrangements are: sublime is the word. The instantly memorable opener We Are wouldn’t sit out of place on a Cinematic Orchestra album, its deep bassline and syncopated drums carrying the plaintive melody; the track’s harmonies, however, are something else (I dare the listener not to miss the 3:10 mark).
When You Say I Don’t Care About You and Domino are just as hummable, while the moving Meet In The Middle comes across as a most disarmingly fragile, “I’ve-been-hurt” ballad this side of Emiliana Torrini’s Heartstopper and the strings-accompanied You And Me is a testament to Tara’s ability to transform a relatively simple tune into a slice of prime Brian Wilson delight. The two last songs – the skittering Silent and lullaby-like The Worst Of It – respectively tinkle and soothe. Brisbane’s got talent, and Simmons proves there’s no question about it.
- Release Date:
- Feburary, 2009
- Track Listing:
- 1. We Are
2. When You Say That I Don’t Care About You
3. Everything But The Kitchen Sink
6. Meet In The Middle
7. You And Me
8. Long After The Boy
10. The Worst Of It