Scene News: Tash Sultana’s Highly Anticipated Debut Album ‘Flow State’ Out Now

FLOW STATE – the highly-anticipated debut album from global sensation and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana – has impacted charts across the globe since its release on August 31st via Lonely Lands Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia. Listen to FLOW STATE NOW.

In Australia, FLOW STATE debuted at #1 on the Australian Artist Album Chart and #2 on the overall ARIA Album Chart. In the US, it cracked the top 10 on the Top Current Albums Chart at #8 and an impressive #51 on the Billboard Hot 200. In Canada, it debuted top 10 on the Independent Album Chart and #22 on the Billboard Canada Album Chart. FLOW STATEdebuted inside the top 20 on various other charts around the world, including #12 in New Zealand and #18 in Germany and The Netherlands.

On release, FLOW STATE hit #1 on the Australian and New Zealand iTunes Album Charts, peaking in the top 10 in 31 countries including the US, Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico and Chile. In just four days, the release day focus track ‘Cigarettes’garnered over 1 million streams alone and since its release FLOW STATE has accumulated over 20 million total streams.

Tash Sultana released the inspired video for the latest single ‘Free Mind’ this morning. Shot by Dara Munnis whilst on the road with Tash, the montage reflects the adventurous life performing across the globe – watch it HERE.

On ‘Free Mind’ Tash reveals: ‘Free Mind’ was a song written over a couple of years. It was pretty much three different songs that I couldn’t figure out how to put together until one day when I was in the studio it kind of just fell into place. I don’t usually write songs that are 3 minutes 30 seconds because I find that super challenging, but I feel like I have said what I needed to say. ‘When will my mind be free from all the chains that hold me down?’”

All of the songs on FLOW STATE are produced, written, performed and arranged by Tash, who plays every one of the 15 instruments and sounds that feature throughout, including saxophone, pan flute, grand piano and guitar to name a few. The album was engineered by Nikita Miltiadou, mixed by Dann Hume and mastered by Andrei Eremin.

On the record Tash confesses: “It’s been in the making for years to come now and is my first statement to what I see as the very beginning of my career. I didn’t just write individual songs for this, I decided to write a full length album – one piece of music that fits together one after the other. Few stories to tell, had a few tears to cry but I got there and it’s about to come your way”.

During release week, triple j starred FLOW STATE as their feature album. Tash sat down with Richard Kingsmill on 2018 to talk about the making of FLOW STATE where Tash revealed the personal stories behind the music on the record. Listen to the full interview here.

The one-person powerhouse started out playing open mic nights with a fake ID and busking on the streets of Melbourne. Now Tash is selling out every headline show, from theatres to arenas across multiple countries, and playing dozens of high profile festivals around the globe. In the last 18 months, Tash has toured 20 countries, sold over 250,000 tickets, and even made music history in London where she became the first artist in the world to sell out three dates at Brixton without an album released.

Tash Sultana recently announced a very special one-off Australian headline show on January 12th, 2019, at Pineapple Fields on the Sunshine Coast as part of the ‘Flow State World Tour’. This will be the first headline show in over a year on Australian soil, with Tash playing a full two-hour set. Tash will also perform a special headlining set at Lost Picnic Festival in October, debuting the highly anticipated album live for fans in Melbourne on October 7thand Sydney on October 13th.

Recent accolades for Tash Sultana include over 250 million streams of the Notion EP, topping the iTunes chart in multiple countries, achieving Gold ARIA sales for the EP and Platinum sales for the single ‘Jungle’, which came in at #3 in triple j’s Hottest 100 and also featured in FIFA 18. In 2017, Tash also won the prestigious Unearthed J Award, was nominated for 4 x ARIA Awards, multiple APRA Awards and recently performed standout sets at Coachella and Lollapalooza 2018.

Please check out what the press have been saying about FLOW STATE!

“The momentum behind Tash’s rise has been fast and truthfully hard to keep up with. I can’t remember an Australian act that’s had such a meteoric rise” – triple j

“One of the most unique new artists in the game right now” – NME UK

“Someone special” – Evening Standard UK

“Starting as a busker, Sultana enticed crowds with her densely layered production that fuses indie with ambient rock and impressive guitar licks.” – Billboard

“Sultana is a guitar prodigy, looping master and righteous singer.” – NPR World Café

“Australia’s best kept secret.” – Nylon

“She can go toe-to-toe with Hendrix, Erykah Buadu, India Arie and plenty more. She punches. She reigns.” – Herald Sun

“Surely our next Grammy award winner” – Herald Sun

TASH SULTANA 2018 WORLD TOUR DATES

Sep 06 | Palladium Koln, Cologne, Germany – SOLD OUT
Sep 07 | Palladium Koln, Cologne, Germany – SOLD OUT
Sep 08 | Palladium Koln, Cologne, Germany – SOLD OUT
Sep 10 | Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany – SOLD OUT
Sep 11 | Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany – SOLD OUT
Sep 15 | Afas Live, Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands – SOLD OUT
Sep 16 | Afas Live, Amsterdam-Zuidoost, Netherlands – SOLD OUT
Sep 20 | O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – SOLD OUT
Sep 21 | O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – SOLD OUT
Sep 22 | O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK – SOLD OUT
Sep 25 | l’Olympia, Paris, France – SOLD OUT
Sep 28 | Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland – SOLD OUT
Sep 29 | Fabrique, Milan, Italy – SOLD OUT
Oct 07 | Lost Picnic Festival, Melbourne – SELLING FAST
Oct 13 | Lost Picnic Festival, Sydney – SELLING FAST
Nov 1 | UBC Thunderbird Arena, Vancouver, BC – SELLING FAST
Nov 3 | Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB – SELLING FAST
Nov 4 | Grey Eagle Event Centre, Calgary, AB – SELLING FAST
Nov 6 | Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB – SELLING FAST
Nov 7 | Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN – FINAL TICKETS
Nov 9 | Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL – SELLING FAST
Nov 10| The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI – SELLING FAST
Nov 13 | Firstontario Centre, Hamilton, ON – SELLING FAST
Nov 14 | Place Bell, Laval, QC – SELLING FAST
Nov 16| House of Blues, Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
Nov 17| Terminal 5, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
Nov 18| Terminal 5, New York, NY – NEW SHOW
Nov 20| Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA – SELLING FAST
Nov 21| The Anthem, Washington, DC – SELLING FAST
Nov 23| War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, TN – SELLING FAST
Nov 24| The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA – SOLD OUT
Nov 26| Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO – SELLING FAST
Nov 27| The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO – SELLING FAST
Nov 29 | Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA – SOLD OUT
Dec 1 | Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA – SELLING FAST
Jan 2 | Bay Dreams Festival, ASB Baypark, The Mount, NZ – SOLD OUT
Jan 4 | Bay Dreams Festival, Trafalgar Park, Nelson, NZ – SELLING FAST
Jan 12 | Big Pineapple Fields, Woombye, QLD, AUS – SELLING FAST

Photo credit: @daramunnis