Welcome to Hurtsville, brooders of the world. After Jack Ladder’s debut Not Worth Waiting For and sophomore album Love is Gone, the Aussie is back along with Dreamlanders Laurence Pike, Kirin J Callinan and Donny Benét. Recorded in the New South Wales countryside, Holloweyed Records brings you Hurtsville.
The two-time Australian Music Prize nominee has faced critiques (who hasn’t?), being constantly compared to the likes of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. Ladder’s heavy vocals and the Dreamlanders’ moody setting capture the kind of storytelling that caused many to point a finger, claiming he’s copied the style of others before him. Whatever happened to influences? But Ladder—real name: Tim Rogers—has also been enjoying rave reviews thanks to Hurtsville and first single, “Cold Feet.” Point is, people are talking about it, and the song is worth a listen. Play it, download it, close the drapes, replay it, then maybe cry a little bit. It’s just dark and gloomy enough to cheer ya up.
Watch the video for “Cold Feet” below and download here.