Midnight Oil have released their new single 'Gadigal Land', the legendary Australian band's first new song in nearly 20 years.
The announcement marks the group's first studio release since their 2002 album Capricornia. It's part of THE MAKARRATA PROJECT, a themed mini-album of collaborations with indigenous artists.
"We've always been happy to lend our voice to those who call for racial justice, but it really feels like we've reached a tipping point. We urge the federal government to heed the messages in the Uluru Statement From The Heart and act accordingly," Midnight Oil said in an official statement on August 7.
"Hopefully this song and THE MAKARRATA PROJECT mini-album we've created alongside our First Nations friends can help shine a bit more light on the urgent need for genuine reconciliation in this country and in many other places too."
The rock track takes its title from Sydney's traditional owners. The Gadigal — also spelled 'Cadigal' — land extends from the CBD to South Head and through to the inner west.
The band has committed to donating the share of proceeds to organizations that seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart and Indigenous reconciliation more broadly.
The fresh release features special collaborations with vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie, Dan Sultan plus a lyrical section written and delivered by Gadigal poet, Joel Davison.
It's hard not to notice the timely nature given the Black Lives Matter movement that has been on the global agenda and led to an increased focus on Aboriginal deaths in custody.
'Gadigal Land' will have a special 'in-studio' video release on August 8 during the National Indigenous Music Awards which will be telecast on NITV from 7pm AEST and simulcast across the country on Double J, National Indigenous Radio Service, TEABBA, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
The full mini-album is scheduled for release in October.