\"Some singers have only to utter a note and instantly, you\'re transfixed. They\'ve reached out, touched your soul. Beck Siàn has that rare quality. In Beck, you sense she\'s on a journey and, for a short while at least, you\'re a traveling companion. She draws inspiration from the subtropical rainforests of her native Australia, creating what she fittingly calls \'Haunted Forest Music\', through voice, guitar, whistle and didgeridoo. It is mystical, magical music, spiritual and enchanting. There are touches redolent of Kate Bush, to whom Beck is related, but these are mere brush-strokes of influence. Overall, it\'s as distinctive as it is original. With a soprano voice to die for, her approach is highly individual, the ambiance emotional and utterly entrancing. She\'s charismatic, convivial and funny on stage - in short, a real show-stopper! Her outstanding debut album is called \'Unfurling\'. And artistically, that is precisely what Beck is doing. Unmissable.\"
\'Unfurling\' was written by Beck Siàn while she was living in a cottage at the edge of a forest, on a mountain range in Australia. She decided to create a concept album, where all the songs were set within the landscape of the forest.
Beck says, \"Imagine that you are walking through a rainforest on a sunny day. Shafts of light pierce the foliage of the Mountain Ash trees that tower overhead. There\'s an under-canopy of ancient tree-ferns. Rainbow-coloured Rosellas screech in the sky above, and Kookaburras laugh up high in the Gum Trees. You feel happy and at peace, and in awe of the natural beauty surrounding you, but then suddenly you notice that the birds are silent. The wind has died down and the leaves have stilled. The light no longer filters through from above, and you find yourself in a dark, cold patch of the forest. Well... I wanted to set 16 songs within that environment, in the light and shade of the forest. I used recordings of the birdsong of the forest where I lived, and placed a mixture of original and traditional Celtic songs that I\'d arranged within this landscape. It was a really exciting project, and I think that the album has a really green, damp, foresty and otherworldly quality. I think it\'s quite unique.\"