Early appearances singing Shangri-Las songs aside, Sia’s musical leanings didn’t get serious until she joined jazz-funk bar band Crisp at 17. After three years fronting Crisp, Sia packed her bags and headed off with an open ended ticket on a round the World trip finally ending up in London. In 2000 Sia scored a Top 10 hit with her Prokofiev-sampling “Taken For Granted” single and followed it up with her acclaimed debut album, “Healing Is Difficult”.
Sia is perhaps best known however for her considerable contribution to Zero 7’shugely successful and widely acclaimed “Simple Things” album. Infact, Sia credits the biggest influence on her new album as touring with Zero7. “That’s when I actually started listening to music,” shesays with a grimace of embarrassment.
“ While we were on tour, the guys were always talking about artists I’dnever heard of, so I started listening to their James Taylor, Nick Drake, HarryNilsson, Randy Newman and Django Bates CDs. And it all just really blew me away.”
“Colour The Small One’s” lyrical roots, however, run much deeper. ‘Bully’, the track she wrote with Beck has similarly serious roots. “There was this kid at school who I used to be really cruel to, and I’ve felt bad about it ever since. It got to the point where I was having nightmares about. Sia met Beck at a festival in LA, when he asked her to perform a duet with him after watching her perform. ‘You’re The One That I Want’ from Grease, has never quite sounded the same since.
Other standout tracks on “Colour The Small One” include “Numb”, “The Church Of What’s Happening Now”, the lilting pianos and claustrophobic beats of ‘Breathe Me’, ‘Sunday’s’ enchanting harmonium and breathless chant and the muffled rhythm track and sensual cinematic strings of ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’.
Click here to access new Sia track 'Where I Belong' out 9th August as well as an exclusive live track and some special footage.
"The Don't Bring Me Down track was recorded and broadcast live in Los Angeles on 89.9 KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nic Harcourt on June 9, 2004. The session was engineered and mixed by Ray Guarna. Morning Becomes Eclectic is produced by Ariana Morgenstern."