Ball Park Music scored the #4 slot on this year’s triple j Hottest 100 over the weekend with ‘Cherub’ – a gorgeous, five-and-a-half-minute slow burner that’s one of the standouts on the band’s self-titled sixth album. However, there’s a parallel universe in which the song may not have even been released.
“Even releasing ‘Cherub’, mainly due to its length, we deliberated massively, thinking about [how] songs of that length fare on radio and whatnot,” Cromack explained.
“There was a strong possibility of us never releasing this song, even though we loved it. I guess that’s what got it across the line – the feeling and that response we got from loved ones just saying, ‘that song’s special.'”
“Even though we loved the song, I don’t think we had high aspirations for it… If anything, it’s really an amazing reminder of what music making really is, and you should absolutely do what’s right for you.”
BPM appeared twice on this year’s Hottest 100, with ‘Cherub’ at #4 (behind Flume and Toro y Moi‘s ‘The Difference’, Spacey Jane‘s ‘Booster Seat’ and ‘Heat Waves’ by Glass Animals) along with ‘Day & Age’ at #63.
Ball Park Music arrived back in October of last year – read our review here.