The Queen Who Stole The Sky

by Sarah Mary Chadwick

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Confetti 04:45
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Kesey Peasy 03:10
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Anniversary 03:47
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On The Make 02:41
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Next In Line 04:25
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Make Plans 03:42
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Limited edition blue vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve available at:

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The prolific Sarah Mary Chadwick returns with ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’, an album performed and recorded live on Melbourne Town Hall’s 147 year-old grand organ. Originally built in 1872, rebuilt in 1925 and refurbished in the 1990s.

In 2018, Sarah Mary Chadwick was commissioned by Melbourne City Council to create an entirely new body of work, to be written and recorded in just three months on an instrument grand in size, sound and antiquity. A daunting task to some, but Sarah Mary Chadwick’s trademark writing style is one that instigates itself furiously - she feels and then begins to write, without ruminating or long periods of drawn out self-reflection.

What results from this process are songs that are completely undiluted in their spirit, and an ability to create vast volumes of work over relatively short periods of time.

The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ is a body of work that is undeniably commanding, yet punctuated by quieter points of intimacy. The songs have a narrative-like quality, unfolding themselves before their audience. Sarah Mary Chadwick's command of the grand organ is testament to her musicality – the sheer size of the instrument could so easily drown out the nuances of the songwriting – but not so for Sarah.

Sarah describes the songs as being mostly about rural isolation, death, and “the fact that I’m always waiting for life and it never arrives – it only ever leaves”.

‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ was performed live at Melbourne Town Hall in the winter of 2018. The album is a masterful production by Sarah Mary Chadwick, and in Sarah’s own words, is dedicated to “anyone who ever wanted a little bit more than what life had to offer them”.

‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’ will be released via Rice Is Nice Records + Heavy Machinery Records (AUS) April 12 + via Sinderlyn Records (US / EU) April 19.

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released April 12, 2019

All tracks written and performed by Sarah Mary Chadwick
© Sarah Mary Chadwick 2019

Recorded by Jem Savage and Geoffrey O'Connor
Mixed by Tony Espie at Tufftones Melbourne
Mastered by David Walker at Stepford Audio Melbourne
Cover art by Sarah Mary Chadwick
Photography by Nicole Reed
Curated and produced by Miles Brown

The music on this album was commissioned by the City of Melbourne

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