Sara Storer always did feel good when it rained. Still does. That’s natural: she grew up on a wheat farm in Victoria and has been close to the land in one way or another ever since. She lives on a small rural property outside of Albury in New South Wales with husband Dave and their four young sons.
So it’s no surprise that the rain, searching for it, longing for it, the renewal it brings, features so prominently in the songs on Storer’s sixth studio album, “Silos”.
Storer is one of Australia’s most-loved singer-songwriters, a multiple Golden Guitar winner whose crisp observations of the Australian landscape and its people provide the solid foundation stone for her music. She has seen all the beauty, joy and heartbreak this land can bring, living for a time in western Queensland, where she wrote her first song, and working as a school teacher in Katherine in the Northern Territory.
Images of Australia burn through Silos with all the clarity of an outback sunset, from “Purple Cockies”, with inspiration courtesy of John Williamson, whose latest album features a song inspired by Sara, to “Amazing Night”, about a night around the campfire, or “Dandelions”, where Sara sings about the “weather pulling on my heart like a puppet on a string.’’
And in closing there is “It Don’t Mean Jack”, one of the most extraordinary songs Sara has written in a catalogue now bulging with Australian classics and given a stunning musical setting in collaboration with producer Matt Fell. And yes, it’s another song about the rain.
Sara Storer was born to sing about real people, honest emotions, and the land she loves. She has never said it better than she does on Silos.