Almost one year to the day since the release of his most successful record in years, iconic Aussie musician Paul Kelly has announced the release of his latest album.

Back in August of 2017, Paul Kelly released his album Life Is Fine. A huge success, the record managed to give Kelly his first ARIA #1 in the entirety of his 44-year career. Now, one year later, the prolific musician seems to be hoping lightning will strike twice, with his new album, Nature, being given an October release date.

With most of the songs written over the course of several years and dating back to the recording sessions for albums such as The Merri Soul Sessions, Seven Sonnets And A Song, and Life Is Fine, Paul Kelly’s 24th record focuses on human nature’s small place in the natural world.

“I didn’t realise I had the makings of another album until I put the songs in a folder and saw the titles staring me in the face,” Kelly explained. “Sometimes you don’t know what you’re doing until you look back. I think of Nature as a companion piece to Life Is Fine, itself full of moons, rain, rocks, rivers, seas, smells and lovers.” 

Bringing together poems from the likes of literary icons Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, Sylvia Plath, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Phillip Larkin, alongside poems that Paul Kelly wrote himself, the record is set to be a rather eclectic mix of music and words – something that Kelly’s fans are no stranger to.

To celebrate the release of the new album, Paul Kelly has also dropped the video for the record’s first single, ‘With The One I Love’.

Directed by Siân Darling and shot in Melbourne’s Old Magistrates’ Court – the same place where Ned Kelly was sentenced to death – the video features the likes of Mojo Juju and Vika And Linda Bull.

Nature is set to be released on October 12th.

Check out Paul Kelly’s ‘With The One I Love’:

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