Liberation Records has released news of Dan Sultan’s forthcoming collaborative EP, Killer Under A Blood Moon, to be released on May 18. This special release features four selected tracks from Sultan’s ARIA-Award nominated LP Killer, reinterpreted by Dan and some special guests: A.B. Original, Camp Cope, Meg Mac and Gang Of Youths front man Dave Le’aupepe.
The opening track, ‘Drover’, featuring the voice of Dave Le’aupepe, has been released as the first track from the EP.
“When Dan Sultan asks, one doesn’t say no,” said Le’aupepe. “He could ask for both my kidneys and I would probably say yes — thankfully, he only wanted to re-record ‘Drover’, so we just did that. Working with Dan is captivating, inspiring and often hilarious, and although it’s easy to be outshone by Sults, you usually wind up feeling better about yourself and your craft than you did when you started.”
Sultan, his band, and Dave reworked this album highlight live in the Macedon Ranges. A film crew captured the process, creating a live video to accompany its digital release.
Sultan explained that the concept behind Killer Under a Blood Moon was to ‘give the songs new bodies, new ways of being, and to have a good time doing it.’
“We were really just hanging out and having a bit of fun together,” he said. “I’m really proud of Killer and of the writing on the album, and this is another way to show these songs from a different perspective.”
A new song will be revealed weekly in the lead up to the EP release. Still to come is Dan Sultan and A.B Original’s rework of ‘My Kingdom’, plus a slice of dance-floor pop with Meg Mac on ‘Reaction’, whilst Camp Cope appear on the title track, ‘Killer.’
Killer Under A Blood Moon was performed and recorded live at Red Moon Studios with producer Jan Skubiszweski. The 6-track EP rounds off with two unheard bonus tracks, ‘Pitchfork’ and ‘Coming Back’.
Dan Sultan released Killer in July last year and his current Killer Solo Tour sees him stripping things back to basics – just Dan Sultan, his piano and guitar – for 44 intimate theatre dates spanning the country. The tour was recently expanded, with 21 new shows added.
Killer debuted at #5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and received three nominations at last year’s ARIA Awards and was featured in numerous Best Albums of 2017 lists. The single ‘Hold It Together’ was nominated for APRA Song of the Year. Earlier this week, Dan Sultan was announced as a nominee for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album at the 2018 AIR Awards, which will take place on July 26.