“Safia have fully blown up in their native Australia, with good reason. The broad evidence lies in their hundreds of thousands of streams and string of festival sets. More specifically, they prove themselves with “Runaway,” which comes from the trio’s sophomore LP Story’s Start or End. At first the track plays like a pop jam, with Ben Woolner’s voice as the star — then the operation lifts off with a massive (and massively catchy) peak, built of soaring percussion layers, and delivering a major Odesza vibe.” – Billboard Dance
Following on from singles ‘Runaway’, ‘Resolution’, ‘Think We’re Not Alone’ & ‘Starlight’ and ‘Cellophane Rainbow’ – Australian trio SAFIA can now reveal their sophomore album in it’s entirety. Story’s Start or End is out now https://ffm.to/safia-storysstartorend
Written and produced by the band over the past 2.5 years in their hometown Canberra, Story’s Start or End showcases the Australian three-piece’s bold vision and fine attention to detail, with intricate production and adventurous arrangements underpinning thoughtful musings on identity, growth, and understanding. As a band they are known for forging entire sonic landscapes with rich, cinematic detail and Story’s Start or End has delivered that not only sonically but also visually through their live shows.
See below for the full album track-list:
- SAFIA – Ivory Lullaby
- SAFIA – Starlight
- SAFIA – Think We’re Not Alone
- SAFIA – Think About You
- SAFIA – Resolution
- SAFIA – White Lies
- SAFIA – Better Off Alone
- SAFIA – Runaway
- SAFIA – Animal At Most
- SAFIA – Vagabonds
- SAFIA – Maybe You’ll Love Again
- SAFIA – Cellophane Rainbow
- SAFIA – Story’s Start Or End
The band has continued their collaboration with ground-breaking designer SUTU, with the ‘Runaway’ and ‘Story’s Start or End’ album artwork coming to life with AR technology when viewed through the Eyejack app.
As they look to their AUS/NZ album tour later this month – including a SOLD-OUT date at the iconic Forum Melbourne (2000 capacity) – the past year has seen SAFIA make a celebrated return to Splendour in the Grass, as well as gracing festival stages at Beyond the Valley, Origin Fields and a headline slot at Corona Sunsets. They also completed a sold-out run of limited capacity shows down the East Coast of Australia and played to adoring crowds in China twice.
With a rollcall of accolades that would make anyone feel proud, SAFIA’s debut album Internal was released in 2016 and landed at #2 on the ARIA Album chart, #1 on the iTunes chart, received ARIA and J Award nominations and saw the band achieve two Gold certified singles in Australia with ‘Make Them Wheels Roll’ and ‘Embracing Me’. They also completed a sold-out run of national album shows. They have accumulated over 140 million streams, not taking into account their collaborations with Peking Duk and Alison Wonderland. They have placed in triple j’s Hottest 100 over four consecutive years, toured US, UK (including The Great Escape Festival) and Europe, and have supported the likes of Lorde, Disclosure, Twenty One Pilots and Rudimental.