Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd today announces his forthcoming album Jan Juc Moon, out 25th March via Virgin Records. The news comes accompanied by the LP’s third single ‘Ball and Chain’, out today featuring rising North Territory raper J-MILLA. A prolific live performer, Xavier will be in the UK this September, playing shows in Bristol, Nottingham, Manchester and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
‘Ball and Chain’ paces like a panther with its anthemic chorus and relentless percussive drive, integrating piano and yidaki (didgeridoo) in Xavier’s inimitable style. The track speaks of the fierce human spirit that continues to survive regardless of its weighty challenges, and resonates now more than ever.
“We all carry the weight of our history and of the plight of our ancestors as we make our way in this world. For some that weight is much heavier than others. Either way the road is long, challenges are set in stone, the human spirit can be remarkable,” Xavier explains.
Acoustic guitar in hand, engulfed by an ever more complex scaffold of didgeridoos, percussion and various eclectic instruments, Xavier cut an utterly unique and compelling figure as the world warmed to his first indie albums of the early 2000s. Over the last 20 years he has built a hugely loyal audience across the globe, resulting in streams into the hundreds of millions (timeless acoustic keynote ‘Follow The Sun‘ alone has 178 million views on Spotify) and live audiences in the tens of thousands, including a sold out Red Rocks amphitheatre in the US and O2 Forum Kentish Town in the UK.
With latest singles ‘Stoney Creek’ and ‘We Deserve To Dream’ amassing over 12 million streams and gaining momentum, plus his album and international tour on the horizon, Xavier Rudd is ready to continue his journey as one of the more unique musical success stories of the past 20 years.
21st Sept Academy, Bristol
24th Sept Rock City, Nottingham
25th Sept Ritz, Manchester
28th Sept O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London