BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
A native of Australia, now relocated to Los Angeles, Sally Seltmann could be considered something of an enigma. Originally known as New Buffalo, she’s put out four albums to date, but only the two most recent bear her real name. However, that’s the least of her contradictions; though she affects a petite presence and a voice that soars with an iridescent sound, her songs are anchored in a rich tapestry of horns, strings and keyboards, lending them a symphonic feel.
Bearing a certain similarity to Feist – with whom she wrote co-wrote the 2007 chart contender “1234” – Seltmann still sounds remarkably unaffected, even despite the obvious yin and yang in her style. There’s an unfettered joy in her delivery, a near giddiness that brings with it an immediate accessibility. That’s especially evident in songs such as “Billy,” “The Small Hotel” and “Catch of the Day,” but even the more pensive pieces like “Dear Mr. Heartless,” “Needle in the Hay” and “Seed of Doubt” keep that close connection, minor chords aside. This is music that’s both epic and nuanced, a seemingly conflicting notion that Seltmann is skilled enough to use to her advantage. In so doing, she turns Hey Daydreamer into nothing less than a truly magnificent triumph.
DOWNLOAD: “Billy,” “Catch of the Day,” “Needle in the Hay”