An accomplished musician (and our latest Artist of the Month), Sultana played all 15 instruments on the record, including saxophone, pan flute, and grand piano. They also wrote, produced, and arranged each and every song one of its 13 tracks.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, the 23-year-old Sultana talked about the process of taking on all of the responsibility for Flow State:
“Pretty much everything that I recorded at the start I threw in the bin and started again at the end. So, I pretty much wrapped up the entire album in about a month from when I started to when I finished. I’m genuinely proud of of what I’ve written. I wrote it for me. I’m stoked with how it’s all happened. I didn’t write any songs for anybody else. You know what I mean? I produced them all. So, it’s all on me. I would change things if i could go back, but I think everyone says that, don’t they? That’s just the thing.”
In his glowing review of the album, CoS writer Ryan Bray said: “Sultana’s ear for tasty hooks and melodies can’t be denied any more than her boundless musicianship, so those hell-bent on dismissing pop as middle-of-the-road mainstream schmaltz will have to look for proof of such elsewhere. This is great pop music with an edge, a record full of good vibes and bad attitude that somehow manages to work everything out splendidly.
Sultana will support the LP with a North American tour this fall.
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Flow State Tracklist:
01. Seed (Intro)
02. Big Smoke
04. Murder to the Mind
07. Pink Moon
08. Mellow Marmalade
09. Harvest Love
11. Free Mind