Editors’ Notes For as long as popular music has flourished in Australia, there’s been a vital strand of Aboriginal artists—Jimmy Little, Warumpi Band, Yothu Yindi, and Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, among others—adding their distinctive voices and perspectives. That lineage is both acknowledged and updated on this compilation album of contemporary Indigenous acts covering songs that spoke strongly to them while growing up. The compilation’s success stems from encompassing a variety of interpretations: Dan Sultan renders Warumpi Band’s “Fitzroy Crossing” as a bittersweet lament, while Alice Skye brings out the desire in Leah Flanagan’s “Speak Your Language.” An anthem of political resilience such as Dobby’s joyous hip-hop take on No Fixed Address’s “We Have Survived” can sit alongside Tia Gostelow’s spiky and seductive take on Thelma Plum’s ode to personal strength, “Around Here.” It’s the same with genres: Busby Marou’s country-pop fits comfortably with Nooky’s G-funk beats. This album shows there’s no one way to address the past, and equally no one way to look to the future.

SONG
Vision
1
3:50
 
Speak Your Language
2
5:11
 
Lonesome But Free
3
3:08
 
Fitzroy Crossing
4
3:32
 
Around Here
5
3:22
 
Get By
6
3:28
 
Blackfellas
7
2:21
 
Love Me Less (feat. Jamie Rose)
8
3:18
 
We Have Survived
9
3:57
 
Walking Into Doors
10
4:10