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If you’re yet to jump on the Chasing Ghosts hype train, you will after a spin of their latest EP, Homelands.
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It is one of the strongest releases to come out of Australia this year. And it’s not just the rich, folksy vocals and punk melodies that give it this title.
The six-tracker offers up a detailed, and often intense, coverage of indigenous affairs. Frontman Jimmy Kyle, a proud Goori man and descendant of the Thungutti mob, admitted he was scared to write some of these songs, and after seeing how much of his soul he poured into them, we can see why.
Homelands is a voice to the voiceless, shining a light on real people and their experiences.
Homelands is a voice to the voiceless, shining a light on real people and their experiences. But, more than that, its gutsy and honest, weaving education and empathy through such delicate subject matter. Our standouts are Dig, which touches on the ongoing mistreatment of Indigenous Australians and Busted Lung, which centres around the assault of a young member of the LGBTQ community. But with solid storytelling at its core, the EP demands to be appreciated in full.
There’s no doubt Kyle and co. know how to craft a catchy tune, but this EP has shown the band has a whole lot more to offer. Homelands is essential listening for humans of all walks of life. Expect to see it top countless “best of” lists this year.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Busted Lung, Dig, Kids Raise Kids
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