Midnight Oil today debuted the first single off its forthcoming studio album, an environmental call to action titled “Rising Seas” that the band is releasing ahead of next week’s United Nations COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Check out the music video for the song below.
The Oils recorded the new Warne Livesey-produced album along with 2020’s The Makarrata Project — a collaboration with First Nation musicians — pre-COVID, and had intended to release the second project this year. That’s now been delayed until early 2022, when the band can tour behind it.
The new song “Rising Seas” and the rest of the album feature bassist Bones Hillman, who died of cancer nearly a year ago. The video for the new track features a tribute to Hillman, with the band performing without a bassist, and a lone bass guitar standing next to Rob Hirst’s drum kit.
Of the song, guitarist-songwriter Jim Moginie says: “’Rising Seas’ has been burning a hole in our pockets ever since we started tracking it two years ago. The climate crisis calls for a real sense of urgency so we decided not to wait any longer to share it.”
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