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Sally Seltmann’s sweet musical heart still pounds

A tenth anniversary play-through of the Sydney’s singer’s Heart That’s Pounding album revealed an unashamed pop classic.

Not that opener Harmony To My Heartbeat needed any excuse for an airing. It would be in the pop canon had Phil Spector somehow produced it in 1964, but there was a convincing wall of sound anyway as Bree van Reyk’s snappy drums, Neal Sutherland’s melodic bass figure and Seltmann’s classically trained keyboard chops framed her high, breathy delivery of its love-letter lyrics.

Set Me Free and On The Borderline retained the hyper-femininity of the musical setting, although anybody clocking the glint in Seltmann’s eye and the self-determination in…

Michael Bailey

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