Please Daddy by Sarah Mary Chadwick

New Zealand singer / songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick returns with Please Daddy. It is the follow up to her critically lauded 2018 live album The Queen Who Stole The Sky. That album was filled with heartbreaking catharsis. Please Daddy is an album written after a lifetime of pain - and she wrings every last drop out of herself on these raw, powerful songs.

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Please Daddy by Sarah Mary Chadwick
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8/10 Daoud 23 January 2020

Based on that artwork and that title, I was pretty confident that Sarah Mary Chadwick’s ‘Please Daddy’ was going to be a bracing listen, I just wasn’t sure how it would be bracing. Would it be a horrid noisy affair, finding catharsis in music that is dark and abrasive? Or maybe its lyrics would be challenging and direct? Track one, ‘When Will Death Come’ makes it clear. It opens with a piano arpeggio and Chadwick singing the line “Well I’m falling apart”. Very much the later then. 

The music on ‘Please Daddy’ really is very beautiful. A lot of woozy and emotional piano accompanied by proud trumpets and flute. ‘I’m Not Allowed In Heaven’ has its chord changes made weighty by the addition of a few horns, which nod to the enormousness of the consequences of the lyrics. You see, before she can go to heaven, Chadwick needs to “burn all the sin”. 

‘If I Squint’ has a lovely loping trumpet line that pierces through the bass/keys/percussion rhythm section. It’s joined by a flute playing a counterpoint to Chadwick’s vocal melody that has that same easiness about it that the best of Jens Lekman’s music has. 

But ultimately, we’re here for Chadwick’s singing. Every word is pained and laboured, we can hear the physical effort it takes to dredge up these emotions. But she manages it. One lyric on ‘The Heart and its Double’ goes “Sometimes there’s no more energy to fight”. The next track is called ‘Let’s Fight’.



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