Sietta are an electronic soul duo from Darwin, made up of producer/ instrumentalist James Mangohig and vocalist Caiti Baker.
Both experienced musical childhoods: Caiti travelled throughout Australia to blues and folk festivals with her blues musician father, absorbing dog-eared record collections stocked with Etta James, Memphis Minni and Aretha Franklin; while James sat on wooden church pews with gospel music soaring around him.
Over the course of 18 months Sietta cut their teeth on the road, supporting the live soul of Lowrider to the bass heavy electronics of Mark Pritchard, as well as festivals, showcases and headline shows across Australia. They began to establish themselves as an act that shines brightly alongside live bands or in an electronic setting.
In 2010 Sietta began work on their debut album with an inspired set of ideas leading Caiti’s powerful vocals and James’ deep swinging electronic/hip hop production. Once again, Count Bounce (APRA and AIR Award winning, ARIA nominated) was brought in to record and assist with production.

Let It Go

Their lush breeze of electronic soul now stands alone, as real and as warm as the tropical fruit growing in the maddening Darwin heat. There’s a maturity in their songwriting enriching Sietta’s dynamic, ranging from parading horn arrangements to understated strings and stripped down bass and drums. In-demand producer James Mangohig delivers a sparse and dynamic sound-bed giving Caiti Baker’s vocals space to craft a narrative of inner strength and resilience.

Her vocal range is cleverly utilised to walk with the instrumentation, as the tension tightens or eases, builds to a crescendo or falls away. Album opener ‘Let It Go’ sets the tone beautifully, a gentle whisper that dreams in an unhurried sway, before detonating into a soaring chorus.

a music video from Sietta.