Brooding and enigmatic, Thomas Keating announced his yearner of a new single, Cold Night, out today November 6.  Inspired by distance, a cold Melbourne winter, and dreary early mornings, Cold Night is an exciting addition to Thomas’s glowing discography.  The track is also accompanied by a stunning clip, directed by Kieran Gilfeather.

Evocative of Elliot Smith, Phoebe Bridgers and Angie McMahon, Cold Night is a broody rambler, made for grey mornings and stomping through puddles in the rain.  Thomas’s gentle voice wraps around a slow, steady beat as delicate strings float around the arrangement, like the silver lining on a cloud.  The track was mixed by Thomas himself, produced by Gordon Burke and mastered by Nick Franklin, and reflects a deep sense of yearning, of wanting, as Thomas explains, “A few years ago, I moved to Melbourne for the year.  I moved in the middle of winter, I was living in Fitzroy and I was feeling pretty down and lonely since I hardly knew anyone in this new city,  and I could not believe how cold it was!  I was working at this café at the time and I would start at 6 in the morning and walk to work.  I came up with lyric for the chorus as I was walking to work one morning.”


He wrote amazing and heart breaking songs. His sense of melody and harmony was at the level of song writers like the Beatles. I’ve always been a big emo kid and the first time I heard “Between the Bars” I thought it was the saddest and well crafted songs I’d ever heard. 

I feel she is one of our great australian songwriters. “Hold My Hand” from her album “In Blood Memory is an amazing song. She appears to me to be one of the hardest working musicians in Australia and I love what she stands for in terms of feminism.

He is a prolific writer! He never ceases to amaze me. He has been making records for decades now and I am continually inspired and amazed by the way he continues to innovate his sound and song writing. “Lua” was my go to sad song when I was an emo teen.

They are an incredibly unique Australian band. Gareth Liddiard in my opinion is Australia’s national treasure. “Havilah” is an amazing record. I always feel it is one of the best examples of a band at their peak

I am forever going back to the Beatles albums for inspiration. In my opinion they wrote the book on pop writing.