Indie-pop Australian duo Dust Of Us has just dropped their brand-new single “Punching Bag”, a collaboration with vocalist Jess Chalker.
The song is darker in tone and feel than the band’s previous releases, with Dust Of Us collaborating with vocalist Jess Chalker, whose additional dynamic brings added drama and weight.
“Punching Bag”’s twists and turns highlight the unique musical chemistry between Australian brothers Ed and Lloyd Prescott, forming Dust Of Us. As haunting and smoky as it is propulsive and immediate, it blends a mix of electronic details and ethereal indie influences.
The track came together across three different countries. The Prescott brothers recorded all the music on the NSW Central Coast in Sydney, before Chalker sung her parts at home in London. The whole thing was then wrapped up with a beautiful mix by Matthew Neighbour (Matt Corby, The Avalanches, EGOISM) in his Los Angeles studio.
Speaking about the inspiration behind the track, Ed Prescott states: “it’s a pretty dark song about someone emancipating themselves from a dire situation. To me, you can read it either as a metaphorical punching bag or literal, ie. from the perspective of someone whose partner physically abuses them”.
About how the track came around, he adds: “we asked if our friend Jess Chalker would sing on it, her voice is stunning. It feels simultaneously strong and vulnerable at the same time, and that was what the song required”.
“Punching Bag” is taken from the pair’s forthcoming debut EP, set to come out in February.
You can listen to the song right now: