Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats unveil new single “David and Goliath”. The song is the second offering from their highly-anticipated fourth studio album South of Here, set for release June 28, 2024, via Stax.

On “David and Goliath,” Rateliff is magnetic over marching keys, electric guitar and organ from The Night Sweats. He croons, “I want to be different now, a square peg feeling round,” reaching across damaged connections with unflinching honesty. Emotional and anthemic, the track is another direct look into Rateliff’s internal dialogue.

“Anxiety … the Intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations,” says Rateliff. “Feels to the person experiencing it as impossible of a battle as David slaying a giant. This is the first track of our new record and deals directly with the battle with oneself.”

South of Here reckons with a lifetime of pain and trauma and transforms it into a stirring, soul-baring rumination on love, loss, hope and resolve. Following And It’s Still Alright, Rateliff’s beloved 2020 solo LP, and The Future, The Night Sweats’ acclaimed 2021 release, the new album seamlessly blends both sides of his immense talent: emotionally potent, vivid storytelling and the rugged, R&B revivalism that has powered the band to world-wide acclaim over the past decade.

“Brad was a great producer to write alongside. This album is a look into my own struggle with anxiety, insecurity and also stories of my life. He encouraged me to take responsibility for my own narrative in the songs and to write about what’s happening in my own life,” Rateliff notes. “These recordings were done together in a room with my closest friends. I hope these songs and stories give you an opportunity to better understand your own struggles whatever they may be.”

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