Rob Snarski: Sparrow & Swan

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Rob Snarski: Sparrow & Swan

The intoxicating croon of singer-songwriter Rob Snarski takes you to places of sublime serenity. The caress of a carpet of sand, the sweep of a fluttering kite, a stroll, a dream… Snarski’s second solo release of original songs echoes his dreamlike input on The Blackeyed Susans’ 2017 album Close Your Eyes & See.

The elegant title track swoops across a piano-laced aerial image, layered with guitar and breathy backing vocals. ‘Robert Mitchum At Mitcham Station’ (gotta love an unlikely local reference) strives to find a little Hollywood in the suburbs. “That smile that could crush or save you/Or keep your hopes alive…”

Piano shimmers in the sultry air as ‘All God’s Creatures’ dances across an Aussie summer with a Spanish sway.

A passing parade of salt-of-the-earth characters get a guernsey: ‘Number 44’ honours footy fans, ‘Equine Dreaming’ considers the dedicated punter. A rote list of localities (with a gentle hint of tabla) aptly characterises ‘Conversation with a Brisbane Cab Driver’. His qualifications not recognised here, the migrant cabby ‘does what he knows’ one long day after the next.

Sparrow & Swan looks to the heavens and takes you there.

Reviewed by Chris Lambie