We are honoured to premiere the sparkling new single ‘Milky Way’ by Sydney singer/songwriter Richard Cuthbert. And just like the title, it is a stellar jewel-encrusted feature in the musical firmament.
Cuthbert previously fronted Cuthbert and the Nightwalkers, winners of the 2JJJ Unearthed competition back in 2007, and released a glorious solo album ‘Peach Plum‘ back in 2016. After six years in the musical wilderness, he is back with the new single and news of an album ‘Daydreaming’, due out on 5 November 2021 through Broken Stone Records/Remote Control Records.
‘Milky Way’ is a gorgeous shimmering track: crisp jangling guitars that ring out like bells chiming in a belfry with Cuthbert’s vocals urgent and melancholic. There is a deep romanticism in the lyrics and visceral beauty in the delivery. Cuthberts says of the track:
The first time that I went around to Lou’s house in Haberfield for dinner we ate really spicy san choy bow surrounded by a hundred pot plants outside in her share house’s paved garden area that backed onto Clark Rubber. It was night and we could see the stars. I said to her “look at the Milky Way.” She said that we couldn’t see the Milky Way this close to the city. It was probably a wispy cloud. We decided then that we’d go somewhere together far enough away from the city to see the Milky Way.
This is a track that draws in elements from the Dunedin sound with The Chills’ level of melodic strength and direct delivery, and a Morrissey vocal inflection all carried on a celestial jingle jangle verve that could proudly stand in the company of The Church or REM.
‘Milky Way’ is out tomorrow (Thursday, 2 September 2021), through the link above and all the usual download/streaming sites.
Richard Cuthbert – Vocals, guitar
Joe Muller – Bass
Joe Driver – Drums
Lou Peake – Backing vocals
Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Nick Franklin
at Linear Studios and Rolodex Sound, Sydney NSW
Artwork by Ben Romalis.