ALBUM REVIEW: Tobias Sarra – (Pictures Of) Shells | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.12.23







Newcastle-based multi-instrumentalist Tobias Sarra shows off a range of influences and musical skills on his second album. Jazz, folk, ambient and noise all feature alongside haunting pop melodies. Tobias’ lilting vocals on a couple of songs might easily be radio friendly singles, while two songs written and recorded during enforced Covid lockdown on a Norwegian Arctic island scream claustrophobia, and offer a real contrast to the free-jazz improv with Norwegian musicians.

An album spanning so many moods and genres is anchored by Tobias’ piano and a sense of wonder and exploration. Never more than a track away from a wistful, playful refrain, I could imagine Tobias is the kind of guy that would be an advocate of his song title Gobstoppers For Breakfast.


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