Welcome back, Daniel Merriweather! It’s been almost five years since the Melbourne lad hit the big time with his Mark Ronson-produced debut Love & War, a wonderful hybrid of nostalgic R&B sounds and contemporary soul that hit the number two spot on the UK charts and earned Merriweather his third ARIA Award for Best Male Artist.
Unfortunately, this didn’t translate to worldwide success, and the soul singer has since found himself relegated to guesting on other artists tracks the past few years, but that’s all about to change with Merriweather hooking up with Sydney duo Wordlife.
According to Pigeons & Planes, producers Adam Bozzetto and Barney Hodgson (Wordlife) were introduced to Merriweather through mutual friend Pete Le Chic, the man behind Melbourne-based clothing label For The Homies. Realizing they shared a common musical bond, the three wasted no time heading to the studio, recording three songs, the first of which is the soulful “Breathe.”
Wordlife’s minimalistic synth approach allows Merriweather’s seductive vocals to embrace the scope of “Breathe,” and while there’s a touch of Active Child’s “Hanging On” to Merriweather’s delivery of the chorus, it’s all about the former Ronson protegee’s retro, soul-styled vocals that carry the track.
Hopefully this new partnership will get Merriweather’s career back on track, as he is one of Australia’s most underrated talents who deserves wider acknowledgement.