Sietta – born from a love for soul and pulsating beats and production; bred from the madness of the Darwin heat.
Vocalist Caiti Baker and producer/instrumentalist James Mangohig both come from strong musical backgrounds; the former being raised on the blues via her musician father, the latter growing up surrounded by gospel. Both Caiti and James spent years honing their talents before coming across each other in the mid-2000s.
Their debut EP, The Come Back Easy Play, brought them to the attention of Elefant Traks, who signed them in 2011. The release was also the beginning of a strong and continued relationship with ARIA-nominated and APRA Award- winning producer Count Bounce.
This was followed by the debut album The Seventh Passenger. The album spawned radio singles in ‘What Am I Supposed to Do?’, ‘No Longer Hurt’ and a fruitful year of touring through 2012 and 2013, supporting the likes of Hermitude, Jessica Mauboy and even Paul Kelly. Their exploration of soul, blues, hip-hop and electronica brought this twosome from the apparent dust bowl of the Top End to the attention of national audiences, though strong live performances and national radio play. They also brought awareness to a wider audience of the strong artistic community in Darwin—who they remain passionate advocates for.
Their live shows are a fusion of live vocals infusing the futuristic atmosphere of programmed beats, and whether it’s a gig at The Vanguard in Sydney, or a showcase in the UK’s Liverpool Sound City, Caiti and James always push the powers of technology and the human voice to their full extent. They also know how to pull the songs back to their essence—as demonstrated in their acoustic EP The Dark Passenger—which featured stripped-back reworkings of select songs from the album.
The Invisible River is Sietta’s stunning second record. It’s a maturation of the foundations laid on their debut. Still present is the marriage of powerful lyrics and entrancing musical arrangements—but infused with a strength of character and class that marks it as an album for the ages.