Artist info

Genre

Indie


Sounds like

Bertie Blackman,, Joan Baez


band members

Sonia Serin


Influences

Beth Orton, John Martyn, Sade


Unearthed artists we like

Joyce Prescher


Website

soniaserin.com

Bio

Sonia Serin, who is warm, soulful, playful and passionate, is a progressive Australian female acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter, drummer and pianist from Melbourne- Australia. Internationally praised with residencies in Camden-London, and an international scope to her concerns; her soulful music conveys the urgency of polarising times and fresh perspectives.

Sonia has had the opportunity of performing with an impressive list of musicians. From her early days of playing at the Fret Festival [Brisbane]. Sonia has supported Pete Murray, Diana Anaid, Love Like Hate and The Mason Rack Band. She has previously performed at Woodford Folk Festival, Camden Calling (UK) Kirra music Festival and the Gold Coast folk festivals. In addition to this Sonia has previously headlined many venues throughout her time living in the, UK/London: The Ronnie Scott Bar, The Spice of Life, Camden Callings: The Enterprise, The Courtyard and The Stage Door. Described as a stella guitarist, emotive piano player and a bit of a technical whiz behind the drum kit,’ (Proud Camden, London). Sonia’s style of playing is a swift collation of sophisticated fusion, eccentric, upbeat and soul.

Completed over two years, Sonia Serin’s album UNRESOLVED explores the cycles of beginnings, endings, and the sometimes sense of incompleteness that comes in between.

A seven track album mixed by Rolling stock Studios, Alexander Jackson, Andrew Robinson and Lillith Lane; featuring the cellist Francesca Mountfort and second guitarist Oliver Paterson.

Together with Serin’s soulful and moving compositions, this ensemble of musicians bring a poignant sense of beauty to a cycle of songs about acceptance of life’s mysteries and the gentle surfing of what the album calls ‘tidal waves’ of grief and relationships

The songs are tender explorations on romance, relationships and the unknowability of the way life unfolds.

The first track, showcasing the nimble finger picking that is characteristic of a style that saw Proud Camden call Serin a ‘Stella guitarist.’ The track, ‘Dodged A Bullet’, muses in a lyric which sums up the themes of the album, ‘Sometimes no closure is the only closure we get.’

In a way, the answer is on the instrumental track and single ‘Pink Moon’, a duet between piano and cello which uses the inspiration of an April ‘Pink Moon’ to explore new beginnings. The second piano instrumental, ‘Syria’ uses themes of belonging, culture and trauma to evoke themes of love and loss.

In the lynchpin track of the album, ‘London You’re A Thief’ describes the way that ‘people go to London to find themselves again’ in a haunting and soulful elegy for a relationship that is released with tenderness and a generous goodbye.

Ultimately, Serin’s album is a meditation at a crossroads, presented with style, grace, and wisdom. The theme of the crossroads provides new beginnings but also choices, hope for the future, and the ability to observe and be inspired by the beautiful and bittersweet moments presented to us on our journeys.

Sonia Serin’s UNRESOLVED was launched at the KXT Bakehouse in Melbourne on November 16 2019.

Vanessa Francesa