Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning is back with a brand new tune dubbed ‘Isn’t It a Pity’, the flagship single off the second album in his two-part album series.
The sequel to his 2016 record Civil Dusk is called Brutal Dawn, and it’s due to dawn (probably brutally) on Friday, 26th May.
Our first slice of this more darkly-titled Fanning record is a soulful anthem which seamlessly switches gears between chill and gritty, but still never quite crosses over into Powderfinger rock territory.
“I was listening to Bobby Blue Bland’s ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,’” Fanning explains, “And I loved the way the Philly strings gave it a lot more melody and power without making it beefy. When we recorded it we were deliberately trying to keep it from rocking too much so we replaced what were horns, with strings and it did the trick.”
He also reveals that the song was produced with the help of a very special guest vocalist.
“Clare Bowditch helped on the weird minory backing vocals which helps it all sound big, without being heavy,” he says. “It was a bit of an arm wrestle this song, but I love where it ended up.”
Wrap your ears around Bernard Fanning’s new one ‘Isn’t It A Pity’ below, and pre-order his new album here.