Watch the New Bernard Fanning Video “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)”

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Tea and Symphony from Bernard Fanning is possibly one of my favourite folk-rock albums of the naughties so it’s a surprise to many that Timber and Steel hasn’t covered a lot of his upcoming album Departures. The main reason is that everything we’ve heard today from Departures has been firmly in the rock-and-roll vein, harkening back to Fanning’s Powderfinger roots.

But that all changed today with the release of Bernard Fanning’s new video “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)” which is definitely up their with the Tea and Symphony material. The song was written in memoriam of Fanning’s father and older brother. The notes with the video explain:

“My Dad died at the beginning of 2011 which coincided with the biggest floods Brisbane has seen. This was something that loomed pretty large for me over the whole writing period of this album and I suppose a song like this was bound to come out. The lyric is talking about the place in Brisbane where I grew up. Toowong, a near city suburb that my Dad also spent his childhood in and ended up being buried in, along with my older brother, who I now happen to be older than.”

Check out “Departures (Blue Toowong Skies)” below:

1 Comment

  1. May 31, 2013 at 15:31

    […] – The latest track and video from Bernard Fanning’s new album definitely harkens back to his Tea and Sympathy days. Details here […]


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