Xavier Rudd : Bow Down
Always impressive, Xavier Rudd’s new single has a gothic gospel flavour. The verses are winding and sparse, and the chorus pounds mightily; a tribal rhythm carried by clapping hands and a subterranean kick drum. He sings here about bowing down to the god of the land and the sun, and the song breaks down to the sound of actual tribal chants that may be Aboriginal or North American Indian. Whatever it is, it sounds amazing.