Lover or the Loved (4 Track Single)

by The Blackeyed Susans

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Sarah Sparks
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Sarah Sparks While it's been a while since The Blackeyed Susans last official release, they've not 'been away'. They're not that kind of band. The Susans, to long term friends like me (not keen on the word 'fan' - yes, you can ask me why some time), seep into your soul and psyche, changing you irrevocably. This release maintains that potency, and possibly captures the Susans at their best.

Rob Snarski's voice remains the most beautiful in this land (probably the world, really), and he captures the mood and intent of Phil's lyrics in a way no other singer can. Phil Kakulas, Kiernan Box, Graeme Lee, Dan Luscombe Mark Dawson, JP Shilo and Matt Habben remain outstanding, and paint a soundscape that is lush, moody and electrifying.

'The Lover Or The Loved' is a beautiful musing on that confounding condition called love, one that recognises the different positions two people can take in a relationship, and how those positions impact people singularly and collectively.

'Yellow Brown and Green' juxtaposes elements of nature with the cycle of life, demonstrating the closeness of both.

'The Good Life Never Ends', a David McComb track featured in the Susans live shows, makes it on here, and it's absolutely perfect. I've always loved David's wry and humorous observations of life, and the Susans capture the mood of this song beautifully.

'Dirty Minds (for a Dirty Age)' is swampy, dirty rock at its best, and is quite revelation! Phil takes the lead, and its dirty, gutsy stuff. Love it.

Thanks for coming back, Susans, but hey, you never went away.
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Chris Like pretty much everything by the Susans this is a beautiful release that should work it's way into your very soul. The Good Life Never Ends is one of David McComb's best songs (and probably one of the best songs I've ever heard about being lonely and adrift) and another version of it is more welcome than I can express.
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New single plus three exclusive tracks


released December 2, 2016

Rob Snarski: vocals, guitar
Phil Kakulas: bass (vocal on Dirty Thoughts)
Kiernan Box: keyboards
Mark Dawson: drums, percussion
JP Shilo: guitar, backing vocals
Graham Lee: pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, backing vocals
Matthew Habben: saxophones
Dan Luscombe: OP-1

Produced and mixed by Dan Luscombe
Recorded by Dan Luscombe at TFS Studio, Bakehouse Nth and Brenton Conlan at Birdland Studios, Melbourne 2015/2016.

All songs published by Mushroom Music



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The Blackeyed Susans Melbourne, Australia

The Blackeyed Susans are moody romantics with an existential bent. Over the past 28 years, they have released numerous albums of occasional beauty.

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