Album News, Tracklist, Video — September 27, 2020 at 9:50 pm

Midnight Oil debuts ‘First Nation’ — 2nd track off ‘The Makarrata Project’ mini LP

Midnight Oil has released a music video for the second song released off its upcoming mini-album The Makarrata Project, a collaboration with “our First Nations friends” that marks the Oils’ first new music in 17 years. Fittingly, the song is called “First Nation.”

Like the previous clip for “Gadigal Land,” the video was directed and filmed by Robert Hambling at Rancom Street Studios and Oceanic Studio in Sydney. “First Nation” features vocal contributions from Jessica Mauboy and Tasman Keith.

The seven-song Makarrata Project mini-album is due out Oct. 30 and can be pre-ordered via or through the band’s webstore. Midnight Oil has said it will donate its share of proceeds from the record’s sales to organizations “which seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart in particular and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly.”

Here’s the full tracklist:


Midnight Oil, The Makarrata Project

1. “First Nation” (feat. Jessica Mauboy & Tasman Keith)
2. “Gadigal Land” (feat. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs & Bunna Lawrie)
3. “Change the Date” (feat. Gurrumul Yunupingu & Dan Sultan)
4. “Terror Australia” (feat. Alice Skye)
5. “Desert Man, Desert Woman” (feat. Frank Yamma)
6. “Wind In My Head” (Makarrata Version) (feat. Kev Carmody & Sammy Butcher)
7. “Uluru Statement From The Heart” (read by Pat Anderson, Stan Grant, Adam Goodes, Ursula Yovich & Troy Cassar-Daley) / “Come On Down” (feat. Troy Cassar-Daley)





  1. Sounds great! Can’t wait for the rest.

  2. I agree! Sure hope they tour this and/or the other new material. Missed them last time around

  3. dental practice

    I quit the video when the rap started. It was good, not great, until then. Still a bunch of bitching and moaning. But, really? Rap?

    Midnight Oil just seems to hate themselves these days.

  4. Dental Practice

    I couldn’t get past the rap part. Rap??? Really???
    What is it, 1995? As an Oils fan, this song is embarrassing.

  5. Dental Practice

    This song was good until the rap part. Then it became embarrassingly terrible. I was really looking forward to new music from the Oils, but so far it has been a drag.
    Also, as usual, I have no idea what the lyrics are about and don’t care to investigate.

  6. LOL Ole’ Peter was always ahead of his time … he was a big self-loathing over-the-top virtual signaler before it was cool. I’m just surprised he’s not the one doing the rapping… maybe he is waiting for his race-reassignment surgery to happen first

  7. Hilda Maldonado.

    Me fasina sus tema lo sigo de chica. No importa si hace un poquito de Rap la idea es hacer algo diferente ,,

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