Tash Sultana Puts NYC In a 'Flow State' With Two-Night Concert Run

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Tash Sultana performs live at Fabrique in Milano, Italy, on Sept. 29, 2018.

On tour for her debut album Flow State, Tash Sultana stopped by New York on Saturday and Sunday to cast a spell on the legions of fans who sold out both nights of her stop at Terminal 5.

Originally from Australia, the one-person band puts a new meaning to DIY -- she sings, writes, produces and plays the guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, trumpets, drums and saxophone while accomplishing at 23-year-old what most artists take a lifetime to achieve: creating music that's true to herself.

Freakishly talented and skilled, Sultana can't help to still feel confused and amazed by her busker-gone-legit trajectory. Thanks to a YouTube video, she literally went from singing on the streets of Melbourne to selling out venues worldwide in just a year. 

Setting the mood with Bob Marley's "Is This Love," Sultana's concert spanned a multitude of genres that make her music so authentic -- reggae, rock, soul, funk and R&B -- all with her own psychedelic twist. 

 

Before rolling into Flow State's tracks like "Seed" and "Seven," she invited the listener into a sonic head trip -- at times emotional and moving, and other times playful and silly. Still, she delivered her layered sound with gentleness and charisma, reminding us at all times that she deserves to be exactly where she is.

As the blinking-eye visuals exited the screen to give way to a collection of colored spirals and kaleidoscopes, the 23-year-old radiated excitement as her sublime full-throated vocals and self-styled soundscapes took over her second sold-out show in NYC.

To watch Sultana perform is almost like a show of its own: She switches instruments and runs around the stage at such a fast pace, it's hard to believe she is the only one up there. With each instrument as a natural extension of her body, she fully immerses herself in her music and invites the crowd to do the same.

Sultana talked about her crazy day, her dreams and mentioned how she's still trying to wrap her head around her newfound fame. She pointed out how the night before someone decided it was a good idea to hop onstage. It wasn't. For fans like that, in best Tash Sultana fashion, she dedicated the bare-boned track "Fuck You."

 

It didn't take long for her to switch the mood again -- sliding into "Pink Moon," one of the most sentimental songs on the album, Sultana opened up and addressed the hard times in life. "I talk about it because it makes me feel better," she shared with the kind of empathy that makes her so appealing. "I wrote this song crying on my kitchen floor," she added. As the pink moon visuals glowed behind her, the captivating energy in the room was palpable. 

An old soul trapped in a young body, Sultana's persona is both profound and carefree. She remains humble and puts her all into her craft -- throwing herself on the floor as she plays the guitar, soaring with her heavenly vocals and bouncing back and forth hitting the driving drums. She mines her own feelings in her candid songwriting and oozes talent with her stunning timbre. She feels deeply, and consequently, the listener feels it too. 

For "Salvation," the multi-instrumentalist evoked a sense of independence with the powerful lyrics: "I don't need your loving for my salvation/ I found myself between the dirt and desperation/ I don't need you for my own validation." For her breakout tune "Jungle," she wowed with her signature dream-like tenor and magnetic guitar riff that catapulted her into this wild ride in the first place.

Tash Sultana's concert is a solo act in its entirety. It's filled with ambition and authenticity, but mostly, with the kind of passion that makes you realize music is simply in her essence. And while Sultana might be hitting her peak, one thing is clear: She has certainly found her own flow state. 


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