With this week being NAIDOC week it is fitting that we celebrate Indigenous music and culture. Thankfully a number of incredible Australian artists also had a similar thought process and have collaborated on the Deadly Hearts project and the new album, Walking Together.
Throughout the 10 track offering artists such as Ziggy Ramo, Miiesha, Isaiah and Stan Walker take well known songs and give them an Indigenous twist. The record includes an array of music genres including hip-hop, jazz, pop and metal all fused together with Indigenous lyrics or instrumentation.
Some of the standout tracks on the record are Miiesha’s take on Neon Moon, originally by Brooks & Dunn, Mitch Tambo’s Indigenous language spin on the classic Absolutely Everybody originally by Vanessa Amorosi.
The album closes out with two more incredible variations on Aussie classics in the form of Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over reworked by Isaiah & Stan Walker, and Midnight Oil’s Beds Are Burning given an Indigenous metal slant by Southeast Desert Metal.
This record is familiar but fresh, and perfect introduction to Indigenous music for those unfamiliar with Indigenous languages or styles.