by Ryan Johnson
Sia Furler has been around for much longer than most people realize. It’s been nearly 20 years since she released her first album OnlySee in 1997 and her traction has gotten only stronger. Her seventh album, This is Acting, dropped at the end of January this year. Following chart topper 1000 Forms of Fear, expectations were sky high for this album. Luckily for us, she didn’t disappoint, and I honestly don’t think she ever has.
Her anonymous persona came after a four-year gap between albums from 2010 and 2014. There is something fun about being able to watch her older music videos and see such a different Sia than the public knows today. There has been an evolution musically during her break from the public eye. Her earlier albums are often softer, with gentler vocals, adding hints of jazz in the background. Her unique sound has lasted through albums, giving us doses of her textured vocals since the beginning. She came back armed with incredible belts and a sharper polish, providing songs you’ll have stuck in your head for days.
As much as I love her music, I think Sia’s creative mind is something that deserves witnessing in itself. Her music videos have caught public attention, starting with “Chandelier,” featuring young dancer Maddie Ziegler. In previous public artistry in the early 2000s her videos are just as creative, but much more playful energy to them. It’s not that these music videos were weaker than her modern productions.
Sia’s head singing on the body of a muppet and her current use of Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf performing modern dance are perfect examples of the versatility of her creative explorations. Although, her use of modern dance seems to be her new signature for videos creating a physical artistry over her audible pieces. After you’ve checked out the playlist below, I would highly recommend hopping over to YouTube to check out a few.
If you want to cry to the gentle caress of “Lullaby” or dance like crazy to “Cheap Thrills”, Sia’s talent and music versatility have got you covered.
- “Move Your Body”
- “Bird Set Free”
- “Cheap Thrills”
- “Fair Game”
- “I Go to Sleep”
- “Fire Meet Gasoline”
- “Stop Trying”