Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

DAN Sul­tan’s fourth stu­dio al­bum is Killer and he is a big fan of the name taken from a track on this lat­est record­ing.

“I like nam­ing an al­bum af­ter a song on the record (his last al­bum was Black­bird),” Sul­tan said from his Mel­bourne home.

“Killer just looks cool, it sounds cool and means great but also dan­ger­ous.”

Out July 28, the al­bum re­lease marked a jour­ney from writ­ing to record­ing that started just over a year ago for Sul­tan when he had lit­tle idea what di­rec­tion it would take him.

“I knew I wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent and didn’t want to make the same record as Black­bird,” the singer-song­writer said.

“I wanted to mix it up a bit to keep my­self in­ter­ested; I don’t like mak­ing the same record twice. So I wasn’t sure on the par­tic­u­lar di­rec­tion or any­thing like that, it just pre­sented it­self as it wanted to and hope­fully I was lis­ten­ing.”

Recorded in Mel­bourne at pro­ducer and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Jan Sku­biszewski’s stu­dio, the re­sult is an al­bum that is re­flec­tive with a big sound, thanks to the ad­di­tion of gospel back­ing vo­cals, drum machines and syn­the­sis­ers on tracks such as Fire Un­der Foot.

“That was one of those ones where I got very lucky and we did it in one take, which doesn’t hap­pen to me very of­ten,” Sul­tan said.

“The vo­cals just flowed out of me all at once and then we put strings and ev­ery­thing to it af­ter­wards, in­clud­ing tim­pani drums.”

Fans were for­tu­nate enough to get a sneak peek of the new songs when he toured Aus­tralia ear­lier this year with a chilled solo show – just him, his gui­tar and key­board.

Sul­tan will re­turn to Perth in Septem­ber dur­ing a na­tional tour for a con­cert at Metro City with his full band.

“We’re putting a whole new show to­gether. There will be a big vis­ual as­pect. It’s ex­cit­ing to be tak­ing it some­where new, just like the record,” he said.

Tanya MacNaughton

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