Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett has today announced his debut solo album, due for release on July 15 through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
After nearly 15 years away from the studio, the former politician and Australian music legend brings us A Version of Now, with ‘Tall Trees’, the first taste of the album available digitally today.
This is a particularly personal project and one which initially happened by accident, as the singer/songwriter explains.
“As I was finishing my memoir, melodies and lines kept dropping into my head and, big surprise, I ended up writing a few songs. Once these tunes were out in the sunlight I decided I might as well jump into a studio and record what I had along with a few other bits and pieces I’d always liked,” Peter says.
The nine songs on A Version of Now were recorded last year at Rancom Street studios with acclaimed producer Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, The Drones, Sarah Blasko and more), and mixed at Harry Vanda’s Hercules Studios.
“I wanted to capture my version of now,” Peter says. “The songs are reflections of turbulent decades on the rack, and the people and things that meant the most to me.”
Accompanying Peter Garrett on the album are musicians Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil) on guitar, Pete Luscombe (RockWiz, Paul Kelly) on drums and Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass; Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) contribute too, as did all three of Peter’s daughters – Emily, May and Grace – who sang and played on some of the key tracks.
Pre-orders of the album will be available from May 30.