Nov 22, 2013
Fans of Dan Sultan have been waiting for this moment since the release of his last album. Now, he returns with the electrifying Under Your Skin – the first taste of his forthcoming third album, due for release in early 2014. On November 10th, Dan premiered the track on triple j with Richard Kingsmill, and the video clip premiered on FasterLouder the following day.
Recorded in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studio, Under Your Skin a short, sharp explosion of soul-rock with a classic melody and snarling and sultry vocals. It tells the story of obsession: its desirous highs and dangerous lows. Sultan digs in deep to give a performance that reflects his many awards and accolades, including the 2007 Deadly Award for Single Release of the Year, 2010 AIR Award for Best Independent Artist, and 2010 ARIA for Best Male Artist. With the emotional range of someone who’s been there and felt it, it’s the perfect encapsulation of Sultan’s talents and wide appeal.
“It’s a pretty dark track. But it’s a love song,” Dan says of the single. For a young songwriter who quickly became a household name, released two lauded and successful albums, played every Australian festival under the sun and has been praised by the likes of Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly, Under Your Skin is a bold soul-rock shot. It’s an indication that Sultan won’t rest on his achievements, or the column inches proclaiming him the honest baton-holder of Australian rock and roll.
With the release comes the risky, seductive music video. By searching for the most authentic and thrilling way to capture the current Australian spirit and further the path of Australian music, Sultan teamed up with contemporary Indigenous Australian dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre, which worked alongside him on the 2010 indie film Bran Nue Dae. “I had always wanted to collaborate with Dan and harness the powerful natural synergy of his soulful voice with the sexy contemporary spirit of the Bangarra Dancers,” says the Theatre’s artistic director Stephen Page. The resulting music video for Under Your Skin is as technically impressive as it is brooding and lustful.
Having just finished his Back To Basics national solo tour, Dan is satisfying his league of dedicated fans after strong demand to hear his new material live. Ultimately, it was the perfect opportunity to hear his inspired collection in its rawest form, played live in a stripped-back and intimate environment. But it doesn’t stop there. Dan has also been announced as special guest for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 2014 Melbourne shows next February, alongside reformed Australian rock & roll favourites Hunters and Collectors and The Rubens.
Under Your Skin is a definite indication of the grand statement that awaits us with the coming of Dan Sultan’s third studio album. Finally, this daring, head-turning songwriter is about to let us all under his.