MIDNIGHT OIL

(AUSTRALIA)

THE MAKARRATA PROJECT

(2020)
LABEL:

SONY MUSIC

GENRE:

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Concept-album
"More than just a musical work far from what Midnight Oil offered us in the 80's, 'The Makarrata Project' is a militant mini-album intended to support the project of the same name, initiated in 2017, to reconcile the entire Australian people."
TONYB (24.12.2020)  
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It has been 18 (long) years since Midnight Oil, the flagship band of Australian rock in the 80s and 90s, had given no sign of recording life, Peter Garrett, its leader, having notably started a political carrier to pass on the ideas expressed until then in music.

And it is with a new political message to defend the rights of the Aboriginal First Nation that the group returns to us, by publishing "The Makarrata Project", a militant mini-album intended to support the project of the same name, initiated in 2017 to reconcile the entire Australian people and restore the rights of each person. Here I will let the reader immerse himself in the message by reading on the one hand the content of the artwork, and on the other hand by listening attentively to the first four minutes of the last title of the album, to focus this chronicle on the musical aspect of the object.

For the occasion, the band invited indigenous artists to join them, even letting them express themselves alone (i.e. without Peter Garrett) on two tracks of the album. The mix is thus particularly interesting, even if some tracks are somewhat different from the style of the australians.

This is not the case on the first two tracks, which can be described as pure Midnight Oil, with a 'First Nation' with a powerful bass, a rhythm that slams on the weak beats of the 4 beat measure, and a repetitive melody that immediately becomes ingrained with choirs on the chorus ... it's like going back 30 years, with a touch of modernity brought by a few moments of rap, not at all disturbing in the context. 'Gadigal Land' continues in the same vein, as does the typical 'Wind in my Head', which would certainly have been a powerful anthem in another era. The central part of the album is much quieter, with a soothing pop ballad carried by the piano ('Change the Date') and two acoustic tracks including the superb voice/piano effort of 'Terror Australia'.

More than just a musical work, 'The Makarrata Project' is part of a process that has been close to Peter Garrett's heart for many years. It is in this spirit that it is appropriate to approach the listening of this album which, if it is not 100% in the usual style of Midnight Oil, retranscribes in any case in a very beautiful way a struggle that has lasted for more than 250 years. It is just to be regretted that of the twenty tracks written for the occasion, only seven will have found their place on this mini-album.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
CRISLUNA, INXS

TRACK LISTING:
01. First Nation
02. Gadigal Land
03. Change The Datet
04. Terror Australia
05. Desert Man, Desert Woman
06. Wind In My Head
07. Uluru Statement From The Heart / Come On Down

LINEUP:
Bones Hillman: Basse
Jim Moginie: Guitares
Martin Rotsey: Guitares
Peter Garrett: Chant
Rob Hirst: Batterie
Adam Goodes: Chant / Invité
Alice Skye: Chant / Invité
Andy Bickers: Invité / Saxophone
Angus Gomm: Invité / Trompette
Anthony Kable: Invité / Trombone
Dan Sultan: Chant / Invité
Frank Yamma: Chant / Invité
Gurrumul Yunupingu: Chant / Invité
Jessica Mauboy: Chant / Invité
Joel Davidson: Chant / Invité
Kaleena Briggs: Chant / Invité
Kev Anderson: Chant / Invité
Leah Flanagan: Chant / Invité
Stan Grant: Chant / Invité
Troy Cassar-daley: Chant / Guitares / Invité
Ursula Yovich: Chant / Invité
   
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