Dan Sultan’s new “Reaction” a duet with Meg Mac, showcases Dan’s smooth vocals that are enhanced with Meg’s vocal addition. The music is catchy and easy to sing a long to. This song explores that there are times when we are looking to others to give us a reaction. “Reaction” is the second single off Sultan’s Killer Under A Blood Moon EP coming out on May the 18th. Take a listen below and count the days until the EP release.
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Australian artist Dan Sultan has announced the release of his new collaborative Killer Under a Blood Moon EP, which is coming out May 18th through AntiFragile Music (and via Liberation Music in Australia/New Zealand). The EP’s first single “Drover” features the inimitable Dave Le’aupepe from Gangs of Youth on vocals. Recorded over the course of four days in a timber-clad studio set in the sweeping Macedon Ranges, northwest of Melbourne in his native Australia, Dan Sultan arrived with his guitar each morning not knowing how the selected tracks from his ARIA Award-nominated fourth album, Killer ( Spotify ), would be reinterpreted by the brightest names in Australian music: A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Meg Mac, and Gang Of Youths frontman Dave Le’aupepe. Nor did Sultan want to know: the concept behind his new collaborative EP, Killer Under a Blood Moon, was to give his songs new bodies, new ways of being, and to have a good time doing it.
Sultan has been a singular musical presence since the release of his first album, 2006’s Homemade Biscuits, straddling genres and celebrating the diversity of his audiences. All the while, he’s also become one of the Australia’s most revered songwriters. Sultan’s 2014 album Blackbird was certified Gold; just months after it debuted in the top five of the ARIA Albums Chart, Killer was nominated for Best Rock Album and Best Independent Release at the 2017 ARIA Awards. Sultan was also nominated for Best Male Artist, not for the first time.
Killer Under a Blood Moon, recorded at Red Moon Studios with producer Jan Skubiszewski, is testament to the respect Sultan garners in his peers. It also speaks to a growing camaraderie amongst those musicians unafraid to forge new cultural ground and to challenge the status quo, onstage and off. To hear Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq sing “I won’t tell you twice” or Dave Le’aupepe resolve to “keep on pushing till I see the light” on “Drover” is to find new wisdom in the songs. Theirs is a shared power channelled in vital performances. To kick off the EP project, Sultan approached A.B. Original to rework Killer’s album single, “Kingdom.”
While Sultan counts A.B. Original, Camp Cope and Le’aupepe as close friends – “There are some people you meet and just go, ‘Yep, we’re brothers’,” he says of the Gang Of Youths singer – Meg Mac was less familiar. The pair had previously met backstage at festivals and in airport lounges, and Sultan was a fan, asking Mac to lend her sleek swagger to “Reaction.” The EP rounds off with two glam-bent bonus tracks, “Coming Back” and “Pitchfork,” both offcuts from Killer. Produced by Skubiszewski, like the four songs they join on Killer Under a Blood Moon, they’ve also been given a new lease on life.