Tash Sultana achieves first #1 album with Terra Firma

ARIA Award winner Tash Sultana has achieved their first ARIA Number 1 Album with their sophomore album, TERRA FIRMA, which was released last week via Lonely Lands Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

TERRA FIRMA is the latest chapter in a career that has gone from strength to strength, with over 1 billion total worldwide streams and attendance records broken around the globe for Tash’s famed live shows. Tash’s debut album FLOW STATE peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Album Charts and was nominated for 6 ARIA Awards including winning the ARIA for Blues and Roots Album Of The Year. Tash’s singles ‘Jungle’ and ‘Notion’ are ARIA accredited 2x Platinum, whilst ‘Mystik’ is ARIA accredited Platinum, and ‘Pretty Lady’, Murder to the Mind’ and the NOTION EP are all ARIA accredited Gold.

“I’ve had the most incredible, emotional and overwhelming week after releasing TERRA FIRMAand I’m just really lost for words that it’s number 1”, Tash said. “Like I really am lost for words. I was really unsatisfied with the work I’ve done in the past prior to TERRA FIRMA and my mission for this record was to try be better than I was the day before, the month before, the year before. I produced, arranged, composed, co-engineered and played everything on this record and did it all in my own studio. This was my mission, my entire soul, the air in my lungs and to have it received this way is so much more than I ever expected. I feel seen. I feel heard in a way I’ve been trying to communicate for a long time. Thank you to my family, my friends, MY FANS, my management, thank you to my Sony Music family, Denis & Marietta, thank you ARIA, thank you Richard Stolz, Matt Corby, Dann Hume, Jerome Farah, Josh Cashman  & Andrei Eremin. Thank you world”. 

Sony Music Entertainment Chairman and CEO of Australia and New Zealand, Denis Handlin AO said:

“I love Tash to bits and this is a wonderful recognition of Tash‘s amazing talent and how much the fans adore this brilliant music.”

Written and recorded over a full year, from October 2019 to October 2020, TERRA FIRMA saw Tash in full flight as they recorded, engineered, performed, arranged and produced the album themselves. Four to six days a week were spent in their Melbourne studio, and just when Tashsurpassed the 200-day mark on the project, it was done.

Presented with a title inspired by finding their home within themselves, TERRA FIRMA is the work of a more confident, dynamic and experienced musician. The record was conceived amid a period of self-reflection when life was involuntarily slowed down amid a global pandemic. When Tashwasn’t in the studio, they found time for surfing, gardening, writing poetry and a healthy balance from the hectic touring lifestyle that defined their existence.

While TERRA FIRMA still cements the oft-used description of a “one-person band”, the record hosts a first for Tash Sultana with four carefully chosen co-writers. Tash collaborated with fellow ARIA winners in artist Matt Corby and producer Dann Hume (Courtney Barnett, Amy Shark) on ‘Pretty Lady’, ‘Crop Circles’, ‘Beyond the Pine’ and ‘Greed’. Meanwhile, ‘Willow Tree’, the nocturnal groover about get-rich-quick pyramid schemes, features Tash’s high school friend Jerome Farah. Farah is signed to Tash ’s own Lonely Lands Agency, launched in 2019. Finally, ‘Dream My Life Away’, an ethereal, guitar-driven duet, was co-written with close friend Josh Cashman, who Tash tapped as their tour support through America in 2017.

For Tash Sultana, artistic growth is paramount. It makes sense then, that the live shows for TERRA FIRMA will showcase Tash in a new light. “2020 was about recording and writing the music. And this year will be about creating the show and bringing it to people,” says Tash. “The new live show is everything the live show already was, plus a few things up my sleeve – but you’ll have to be there to understand,” they tease.

“I’ll always be solo,” Tash adds. “That will never, ever, ever change.”

Always pushing themselves into new territory, Tash announced an Australian first earlier this week with a collaboration with the game Fortnite. Tash has launched a custom map in the game based on TERRA FIRMA’s stunning cover art, originally designed by Pat Fox. The map experience was designed and built by LootMate and allows Fortnite players to explore Tash’s iconic TERRA FIRMAvisual world with ‘easter eggs’ and the opportunity for fans to win V-Bucks by sharing themselves inside the map.

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