Sia Furler. An interesting young lady. After releasing a hit single in 2000 (nope, I don’t remember it either) and becoming the vocalist for a Zero 7 album, she then went mental. Completely. In her own words, “No seriously, I needed therapy and everything.”
It’s a good job she kept making music, as she then went on to create “Breathe Me”, one of those songs that really grabs your attention. Piano-led; gasped, breatheless vocals; a feeling of claustrophobia & desperate need.
Some elements of her life would explain the feelings behind this song – after three years fronting a band called Crisp, Sia packed her bags and headed off on a round the world trip, and after agreeing to meet up in London with the man she describes as her “first true love”, a week before she arrived, he was run down and killed by a black cab on Kensington High Street.
By her own admission, “I was pretty fucked up after Dan died. I couldn’t really feel anything. I could intellectualise a lot of stuff; that I had a purpose, that I was loved, but I couldn’t actually feel anything”
Help, I have done it again, I have been here many times before. Hurt myself again today, and the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame. Be my friend, hold me, wrap me up, unfold me. I am small and needy. Warm me up, and breathe me.