10 # 2 A: Breathe Me (Ulrich Schnauss Remix), B: Numb (Leila Remix)
12" A1. Breathe Me (Mylo Remix), A2. Breathe Me (Ulrich Schnauss Remix), B1. Breathe Me (Four Tet Remix), B2. Breathe Me (Mr Dan Remix)
Sia's vocal talents extend all the way back to her earliest memory. Born in Adelaide , she was raised on the hippiest street in Australia , and her dad briefly played guitar in uncle Colin's band Men At Work. Early appearances singing Shangri-Las songs aside, Sia's musical leanings didn't get serious until she joined jazz-funk bar band Crisp at 17.
After three years fronting Crisp, Sia packed her bags and headed off with an open ended ticket on a round the World trip finally ending up in London. In 2000 Sia scored a Top 10 hit with her Prokofiev-sampling Taken For Granted single and followed it up with her acclaimed debut album, Healing Is Difficult. Sia is perhaps best known however for her considerable contribution to Zero 7's hugely successful and widely acclaimed Simple Things album. In fact, Sia credits the biggest influence on her new album as touring with Zero 7. That's when I actually started listening to music, she says with a grimace of embarrassment.
While we were on tour, the guys were always talking about artists I'd never heard of, so I started listening to their James Taylor, Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Django Bates CDs. And it all just really blew me away.
Colour The Small One's lyrical roots, however, run much deeper. Bully', the track she wrote with Beck has similarly serious roots. There was this kid at school who I used to be really cruel to, and I've felt bad about it ever since. It got to the point where I was having nightmares about. Sia met Beck at a festival in LA, when he asked her to perform a duet with him after watching her perform. You're The One That I Want' from Grease, has never quite sounded the same since.
Other standout tracks on Colour The Small One include Numb, The Church Of What's Happening Now, the lilting pianos and claustrophobic beats of Breathe Me', Sunday's' enchanting harmonium and breathless chant and the muffled rhythm track and sensual cinematic strings of Don't Bring Me Down'.
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