Sally in Open Field

Sally joins Claudia Karvan, Alice Garner, The New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly, and a host of other talented women for the first issue of Open Field iPad magazine. Each woman featured in the magazine shares a personal story about a transforming moment in their life. Sally provides a personal interview about her close friend Lara Meyerratken, and how Lara has inspired and shaped Sally’s life and music.

All proceeds from sales of Open Field magazine go to women, via the charity CARE. The magazine is available via iTunes.


Alphabet Botanical, Thank You Bon Iver, and SLK

Sally would like to introduce her new side project, Alphabet Botanical. It’s a creative collaboration, a magical wonderland, an escape from her solo work, in which she plans to collaborate with many different artists.

So far, she has co-written and recorded two songs with the very talented Tim Myers, and she has co-written and recorded a duet with her good friend Ben Lee.
Alphabet Botanical’s first single A New Feeling is now available worldwide on iTunes.
For more information on the project check out the new Alphabet Botanical website.

Sally would also like to say a huge thank you to Bon Iver and the entire band and crew for having her along as the support for the Australian shows. She was really inspired by the Bon Iver shows, and is now back in her home studio working away on her next solo album.

Also, a reminder that the Seeker Lover Keeper album is now available on iTunes in Japan, the USA and Canada. On April 2 the album will be released in the UK on Micro Data Records!


Sally supporting Bon Iver

After a busy year touring with band Seeker Lover Keeper, Sally is excited to announce that she will be supporting Grammy award nominated artist Bon Iver AKA Justin Vernon on his Australian tour in March 2012.

With writing now underway for her fourth album (and her second under her own name as she previously released records under the ‘New Buffalo’ moniker), Sally intends to record her new solo album in 2012. “I have been working on some songs for my next solo album, even though I have been really busy playing shows with Seeker Lover Keeper. I love Bon Iver’s music, and can’t wait to play some of my new songs live.”

Vernon’s appreciation of Sally’s work is well documented. In 2009 he named Sally’s New Buffalo album ‘Somewhere, anywhere.’ as the most important album to him of the last few years. Earlier in 2011 Vernon went on record for Triple J’s Hottest 100 Australian Albums, saying “It became the most important album for me for two to three years. It was so complete.”

Sally joins Bon Iver for the following dates:

Saturday March 3 – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth
Tuesday March 6 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Thursday March 8 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Thursday, Friday, Saturday March 15, 16 & 17 – The Tivoli, Brisbane


Sally Seltmann + Architecture in Helsinki = W.O.W

Sally recently teamed up with her friends from Architecture in Helsinki to re-work their song ‘W.O.W’. The new version will be available through iTunes on Friday December 2. For now you can listen to W.O.W – Invisible Version at SoundCloud.


Bits & News Pieces

Women of Letters
The curators of the popular Women of Letters events – Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy – have published a collection of letters. The letters have been penned by a host of personalities who have read at previous Women of Letters functions. Sally’s love letter to the song Halo is included among these. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Edgar’s Mission animal rescue. Visit the Women of Letters website for more info.

‘Decouvert’ – It’s French for ‘Recovery’!
French singer Mercedes Audras has recorded and released her own interpretations of some of Sally’s New Buffalo songs.
French and Spanish versions of ‘Recovery’, ‘Cheer Me Up Thank You’, ‘Come Back’, and ‘I’ve Got You and You’ve Got Me’ feature on Mercedes’ album ‘10,000kms’. The album has been released in France, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.
Watch Mercedes perform her stripped back french version of ‘Recovery’ here.

Seeker Lover Keeper
A new version of the Seeker Lover Keeper self-titled album is now available both on iTunes and in stores. Retailing at a special price, the new version also features the film clips for ‘Light All My Lights’, ‘Even Though I’m a Woman’ and ‘On My Own’. The album re-issue coincides with a series of performances by the girls in churches and cathedrals around the Australia for Heavenly Sounds.


Reminiscing about ‘Harmony to My Heart Beat’

Sally’s film clip for ‘Harmony To My Heart Beat’ can be seen on Blackberry Smartphones in stores all around the world. When you check out the phone, you can check out the clip! Below, Sally reminisces about making the ‘Harmony To My Heart Beat’ clip. Sally also shares some behind-the-scenes photos with you…

Shooting the clip for ‘Harmony To My Heart Beat’ was an incredibly fun ‘work’ day for me! Clip director Antoung Nguyen and I wanted the clip to feel relaxed and natural, so we pretty much hosted a real pool party. My friends Architecture In Helsinki, Jens Lekman, Jessica Venables and Tim Harvey all feature in the clip.

I played a short solo set on an old Rhodes piano, then it was time for swimming, cake and dancing! It was an amazing day, and I felt really lucky to be able to work with Moopjaw on making such a memorable film clip.

The full clip can be viewed here.

Photos by David Payne


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