Sarah Mary Chadwick: ‘To know I’ve done quite difficult work on myself… it’s very satisfying’
08.02.2021

Sarah Mary Chadwick: ‘To know I’ve done quite difficult work on myself… it’s very satisfying’

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Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick is the latest guest on Beat’s Turning Heads podcast

Sarah Mary Chadwick’s new album, Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby, is out now via Rice Is Nice. It’s her seventh album and the final instalment in a trilogy that began with 2019’s The Queen Who Stole the Sky and 2020’s Please Daddy.

Please Daddy was recorded with a full band and The Queen Who Stole the Sky was written specifically for performance on the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ. By contrast, Me and Ennui is a more traditional SMC album in that it features Chadwick playing solo behind a piano. There’s greater intensity to the performances as a result, which helps to spotlight some of Chadwick’s best songwriting to date.

Across the trilogy, Chadwick has reflected on and sought to process the deaths of her father and a close friend, the breakdown of a relationship and an attempt she made on her own life. In the podcast, we speak about Sarah’s preferred method for creating albums, the satisfaction that writing and recording music brings her, and her life changing experiences with psychoanalytic therapy.

Check out the podcast episode below:

I will be back with another episode of Turning Heads next week. You can follow the podcast on SpotifyPodbean and through Apple.

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