Plumbing these traditions is well-worn territory for those whose instrument of choice is the voice, but few are as ready for it as Sultan; over the past ten years, his records have showcased one of Australia’s strongest and most essential voices. Killer is its greatest exhibition yet. On opener Drover, that voice goes right back to blues’ origins under the beating sun, imagining an Australian plantation song based on the Wave Hill walk-off of Indigenous workers in 1966. On Kingdom, it summons the lingering oppression of Indigenous Australians on their own land. On Reaction, it goes Patrick Stump via Future Islands for one of the year’s most immediate chart-friendly rippers. Killer is poised to sweep up anyone not already on Sultan’s soul train.
Killer is out July 28 via Liberation.