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New Buffalo
The Last Beautiful Day
Dot Dash

Three years back, back when she was Sally Russell, Melburnian songsmith Sally Seltmann first brought New Buffalo to life on the amazing About Last Night EP. Produced by her future husband, Darren Seltmann of the Avalanches, it was a seamless montage of playful piano ballads and shimmering orchestral samples; its fleeting five-song tenure teased at the potential aesthetic riches that lay ahead. It's been a long time lying in wait for the follow-up album, but with each New Buffalo show Seltmann staged in the interim (including a jaw-dropping solo set in support of Ed Harcourt in a tasteful jazz-club setting), the expectation that something great was in the works only increased. The Last Beautiful Day finally fulfills all the potential, and more. And it is so much more. After undertaking recordings with Björk collaborateur Jake Davies, Seltmann decided to bunker down and record and play everything herself in her home studio. Largely composed of analog organs, scratchy samples, and layers of Seltmann's thin-yet-tender voice, the record is a profound piece of personal expression, a collection of lyrical pop songs that're a product of a single individual. Her personality so governs the record that a guest vocal guest spot from Beth Orton (on "Inside") seems like a minor incident, the famous folkie but a murmur in the background as Seltmann stages another off-kilter, homemade, shockingly intimate symphony. That song, like so many on the record, is about togetherness and weathering out difficult periods of one's life; the joyous "It'll Be Alright" features a lustily sung chorus where Seltmann's sentimental sentiments are simple, and simply beautiful: "Your eyes never seem to open, but there's a whole world outside/ See them try to tell you/ It'll be alright." Such sentimental sentiment is topped, though, on the album's standout song, a love song called "I've Got You and You've Got Me," which is subtitled "Song of Contentment." Evoking performance anxiety and the reassurance of loving support, Seltmann slays me when she warbles, a little off key, at the beginning: "And when they dim the lights/ Forgetting my stage fright/ I find that little smile/ Because I've got you and you've got me." It's easy to envy such a scenario, to project your own romanticism upon a romantic image conjured in a romantic song — such envy being, for me, heightened by how much I love the song itself, and this record itself. The trick, now, will be to try and find a human I can feel as affectionate towards as I do this blessed compact disc.

by Anthony Carew

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