Brutal Dawn is the second instalment in a two-album coupling with 2016’s Civil Dusk, but today, Bernard Fanning has given us a taste of what is to come with the first single “Isn’t It A Pity’. Looking at the gap between memory and reality, Isn’t It A Pity neatly shifts between mellow verses and a glorious chorus driven by a gritty soul groove. The idea of renewal and forward motion is captured in the final verse: “Now all your fabled advice rings of emptiness and studied lines…But I have resolved to erase all the bitterness and venom in my veins’

Produced by Nick DiDia and recorded at La Cueva studio (located near Byron Bay), Isn’t It A Pity also features his band The Black Fins: Salliana Campbell providing fiddle, Matt Engelbrecht on bass, Andrew Morris laying down guitar and Declan Kelly on drums and a special guest appearance by good friend Clare Bowditch who provides backing vocals.

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Isn’t It A Pity is out now via Dew Process. Grab your copy here.

Brutal Dawn is out May 26 via Dew Process. Pre-order here.