Unique, supple, and always bursting with spirit, the voices of Vika and Linda Bull have marinaded our ears in gorgeous soundwaves for almost four decades. This Friday they release their anthology album ‘Akilotoa: Anthology 1994 – 2006, which collects together tracks from the duo’s five studio albums and two live albums.
After singing back-ups in Joe Camilleri’s band The Black Sorrows in the late ’80s, the sisters eventually left the ensemble in 1994 to go their own way. They rocketed out of the gates with smash single When Will You Fall For Me? – penned by Hunters & Collectors’ Mark Seymour – and the self-titled album from which it came hooned up to #7 on the ARIA albums chart.
Their formidable career has since seen them become favourite collaborators of Paul Kelly (“[They] have that elusive twinned quality you only get when siblings sing together – two swallows swooping and spiralling in the air as if invisibly girded,” Kelly has enthused), and inducted into the Music Victoria Hall Of Fame (2019), while their music has plumbed the annals of gospel, soul, rock, country, and the traditional songs of their Tongan heritage.
Below, check out where it all started with that beauty of a debut single from 1994, the pair’s recent iso-recorded cover of Amazing Grace, and Vika’s incredible contribution to Paul Kelly’s award-winning 2017 album Life Is Fine, My Man’s Got A Cold.
‘Akilotoa: Anthology 1994 – 2006 by Vika & Linda Bull is out June 12 via Bloodlines.