The 2019/2020 Australian bushfires were devastating. Sydney-based singer-songwriter Ed Jackson felt this first-hand. During the unprecedented fires, Jackson’s family’s property was burned down. “We lost 30 acres of native bushland, work sheds, machinery, and thousands of wild animals,” he says.
“I’m annoyed that climate change stole our Aussie summer,” he continues. And yes, seeing politicians fail to act on the overwhelming climate issue is definitely frustrating, but Jackson has turned this frustration into a politically-tinged, upbeat summer anthem — Heatwave.
Sydney singer-songwriter Ed Jackson has returned with Heatwave; a defiantly cheerful indictment of the pollies who refuse to act on climate change.
The new single sees Ed Jackson at his best; it’s a distinctly Australian, subversive, and deeply infectious indie-rock hit. With layers of tropical, groove-laden instrumentation, a unique blend of folk, indie, and hip-hop emerges.
All in the space of four minutes, Jackson traverses myriad sonic spaces, taking some truly unexpected turns. All these different sounds, however, fit nicely into the overall vision of his sound, and more importantly, into the subversive message of the song. The song’s upbeat nature is its most defiant quality.
This is the latest in a string of great releases from Ed Jackson, and we can’t wait to hear what he delivers next. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new single above.