Calm Fury by Sarah Hiltz is a new concept album, a mirage of healing radiating reflections in the desert of hostility, a flashlight probing the catacombs of anger. It features the sounds of a lightly strummed electric guitar laying down a jazz cushion on which to relax old anxieties; piano, caressed to a fine receptivity, bioluminescent horn lines and a steady, reassuring pulse of bass. But those obstinate harmonies maintain a resistance to resolution.
Sarah calls her new record, released at the beginning of that unusually militant March that we just crawled out of. Beware: accurate title. Rage and love living common law. Peacefully. Sometimes.
The album’s opening song, “Retching In The Wings,” was inspired by a video of Sinead O’Connor collapsing backstage, having just confronted the anger of a hostile crowd after she had infamously torn up a picture of the Pope on Saturday Night Live.When it came time to record the music, Sarah called on some other major songwriters as musical crew – former roomie Colleen Brown on keyboards, Charlotte Cornfield on drums and Tara Kannangara on horn.