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+ PERFORMS ALBUM TRACK ‘MIGHTY CLARENCE RIVER’ ON ROCKWIZ
Archie Roach is a man of few words but when he speaks, or sings, those words lift you up, transport you and humble you. He is that rarest of beings; one that sees beyond race, religion, gender and ideology.
True to form, Archie delivered in spades when performing ‘Mighty Clarence River’ on RocKwiz last week as a preview of his new album Let Love Rule (watch in video section)
And that is what audiences can expect to hear when Archie Roach joins legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez for an extensive run of performances with his band this November and December.
It’s been four years since the release of Into the Bloodstream, the album that marked his return to recording in the wake of unimaginable setbacks including a stroke, lung cancer and the sudden and tragic loss of Ruby Hunter, his partner both in life and music.
Let Love Rule is Archie’s tenth studio album in what has become an extraordinary career – the new songs explore the theme of love. “I wanted to write about love, or a willingness to love all people,” says Archie. “We are closing ourselves off and not letting people in. And not just in the sense of not letting them into the country, but not letting them into our hearts, into our minds. Many of the songs on the album are really a call for understanding,” explains Archie.
The album’s cover artwork is from Chinese contemporary artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. Archie was among a small group of prominent Australian human rights campaigners whose words and images Ai Weiwei used in an installation called ‘The Letgo Room’ (made from imitation Lego building blocks) as part of the recent exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Let Love Rule sees Archie reunite with producer Craig Pilkington, who assembled a stellar line up of Australian vocalists and musicians, in addition to legendary Argentinean charango player, Jaime Torres who joined Archie in the studio during his Australian tour last year.
Added to that list, two choirs feature on the record. Deborah Cheetham’s Dhungala Children’s Choir and the Short Black Opera choir (40 voices in all) are a moving and uplifting addition to the title track ‘Let Love Rule’ and also to ‘No More Bleeding’.
Let Love Rule tracklist
- Let Love Rule
- Always Be Here
- Mighty Clarence River
- Love Is Everything
- It’s Not Too Late
- There’s A Little Child
- Get Back To The Land
- Spiritual Love
- Please Don’t Give Up On Me
- Love Sweet Love
- No More Bleeding
Let Love Rule – Archie Roach
Out November 11 through Liberation Music