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The Queen Who Stole The Sky

by Sarah Mary Chadwick

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Whyte Rushan
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Whyte Rushan I heard Rachel on 95 bfm, interview Sarah, while she walked her dogs in Melbourne, and there was a terrible wind storm at the same time, apparently Sarah plays an organ in Auckland soon and I have a ticket now, actually its the only pay artist, in an other ways free music weak, its gunna be lovely, and it was lovely in the Auckland Town hall, got to see ya work the pedals with your feet, while you sang, and played the keys, so it was perfect, and you played facing away from the audience, Favorite track: The Queen Who Stole The Sky.
Dave Gauer
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Dave Gauer Raw and powerful and...really, really catchy. I was first hooked by the title track (to the point where I kept playing it just to hear it again and finally bought the album), but later found myself humming Just Came to Pray and now I'm really into Confetti. I have no idea which song will get lodged in my head next. This is really primordial stuff and sometimes it's all I want to hear. Highest recommendation. Favorite track: Confetti.
Jessica at Birth
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Jessica at Birth Intense, real, spacious, funny, sad
Will Hudson
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Will Hudson Album of the year!
Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller Sarah Mary Chadwick has always been an artist who goes 'all-in' emotionally, and on this album, she's playing the hand of her life.

The organ sound is ENORMOUS, and the songs are just superb. Her voice arches with the aching power of Bjork and the frail grace of Neil Young.

It's an overwhelming listen, with the emotional heft of of a Gorecki symphony. It's an albums that renders pain, beauty, grief and joy into a singular, rolling wave.

Let it wash over you and take you where it will. Favorite track: The Queen Who Stole The Sky.
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michael_huhn unconventional great musical ideas,
unusual sound (showing the Beauty of a genuine organ), a really surprising Album full of devotion to music Favorite track: The Queen Who Stole The Sky.
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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.


released April 19, 2019


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