As we get closer to the release of the next album from Tash Sultana, the world-beating artist has given fans another taster of their second record, sharing the slick “Sweet & Dandy” today.
Premiering on triple j earlier this week, “Sweet & Dandy” lives up to its title, with a smooth exterior hiding questions relating to the information overload of the internet era: “But where’s the wisdom? Where’s the knowledge?” asks Tash.
“‘Sweet and Dandy’ is about the process of withdrawing yourself from negative distractions and living in the present, always remembering that you are enough,” Tash explains. “You and you alone, you do not need the world to tell you to be a certain way.”
“Sweet & Dandy” is set to feature on Terra Firma, the upcoming second album from the Melbourne artist. Described as the work of an artist who is more “confident, dynamic, and experienced”, Terra Firma came about after Tash managed to find time to reflect on themselves, and slowed down to find a healthy balance between hectic touring and the more down-to-earth lifestyle they desired.
“I didn’t realise that I needed to create a space and home for myself to feel like a person again,” explains Tash. “I just went inward and found a really peaceful place and wrote an album, and I feel really happy with it.”
In this nine-page cover feature, Rolling Stone Australia spoke to Tash following their sold-out show at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion in November – their final performance as a “one-person band”. Throughout the far-reaching discussion, Tash and writer Poppy Reid touch upon all manner of topics, including the artist’s personal growth and gender affirmation, their new musical direction, and the journey that saw them go from high school class disrupter to bedroom and street performer to selling out venues globally.