It makes you feel good about the industry when an artist as eclectic and unique as Tash Sultana can sell out a venue the size of the Shrine Auditorium in a flash. That’s what happened and the Jill-of-all-trades certainly earned that praise Saturday night, her final headline show of 2018.
A true one-woman show, Tash Sultana put out her debut record Flow State earlier this year to critical acclaim. It’s a great record that still stops just short of capturing the magic of her live show. Watching her take a song in a different direction than on the record with extended jams and solos is a sight to behold. Seeing her go from playing The Echo to the Fonda Theatre to the Shrine in 18 months has been a joy. She’s one of those artists that grows via word-of-mouth, and it’s no surprise that she was a common festival favorite this past year.
The singer-songwriter has come a long ways from being a busker on the streets of her native Australia. The multi-instrumentalist began blowing people away with videos posted to YouTube of her jamming out on a variety of instruments in her bedroom. She’s managed to keep a similar setup even as she’s blown up to playing in front of thousands.
Standouts from the set included “Notion” and “Jungle”. Her vocal talents on those two songs in particular stand out. The slow-burning ballad “Harvest Love” is an underrated gem as well.
It’s clear that this is only the beginning for Tash Sultana. She’s got a great career trajectory and few artists are as deserving.
Photos by Tim Aarons