Sietta blossom with their second album, The Invisible River. Their lush breeze of electronic soul now stands alone, as real and as warm as the tropical fruit growing in the maddening Darwin heat. There’s a maturity in their songwriting enriching Sietta’s dynamic, ranging from parading horn arrangements to understated strings and stripped down bass and drums.
In-demand producer James Mangohig delivers a sparse and dynamic sound-bed giving Caiti Baker’s vocals space to craft a narrative of inner strength and resilience. Her vocal range is cleverly utilised to walk with the instrumentation, as the tension tightens or eases, builds to a crescendo or falls away.
Album opener Let It Go sets the tone beautifully, a gentle whisper that dreams in an unhurried sway, before detonating into a soaring chorus. From here there’s a connectivity in the drift between genres, their adoration of the ‘90s is on full show with the R&B of Greener through to the cinematic sounds of The Hunted; while songs like Carry and Such Desire retain an edgy pop aesthetic.
This is an album to explore with Sietta’s impassioned curiosity driving the melodic diversity across the 11 songs. The Invisible River is out now on Elefant Traks.