A Call To Let Love Rule;
Archie Roach Has Returned

by Phoebe Robertson

A man that encompasses the very meaning of uplifting redemption, Archie Roach’s road to success has been carved by his extremely heartfelt messages and a constant call for an ever-united society. Through hopeful yet honest lyricism and a vocal tone that transcends time, Roach has cemented himself as a musical and spiritual leader of Australia.

Starting his solo career in 1990, Archie Roach has spent the last twenty-six years transforming the experiences of indigenous Australians into universal works of art. Turning to music in the darkest of times, the singer-songwriter has transfixed audiences across the country with tales that stretched from those of sorrow to those of love, friendship, family, country and community.

Roach’s impact on the Australian community is not only invaluable but is forever forward thinking. Let Love Rule is an 11-track gift, assuring listeners there’s always time for change, emphasized through the recently released single, ‘It’s Not Too Late’. The tenth studio album to date is a prayer to a shared humanity, a call for understanding and a reminder that goodness will triumph over adversity. Exploring the power of love, what it is and what it means, Roach expresses that he wrote the record to urge audiences to allow others into our hearts and minds.

The 18-month creative process of Let Love Rule saw the iconic artist travelling from a modest inner-Melbourne recording studio to the Melbourne Recital Centre and even back to his mother’s Gunditijmara country. Reuniting with producer Craig Pilkington who Roach worked with on Into The Bloodstream (2012), the spiritual work encapsulates a soulful production style and a vocal performance that is effortlessly unparalleled.

Enlisting a core group of musicians including Steve Hadley (bass), Dave Folley (drums), Bruce Haymes (piano) and Jen Anderson (violin), the album is an epic collaborative effort. Also adding their talents to the recordings are Barb Waters, Tim Neal, Matt Walker, Steve Hesketh, Nancy Bates, legendary Argetine charango player Jamie Torres and acclaimed vocalist Emma Donovan. To cap it off, Roach invited two choirs to feature on the album, Deborah Cheetham’s Chungala Children’s Choir and the Short Black Opera choir.

Once again, the home-grown talent has proved to us all that the influential nature of music can have great effect on not only it’s creator but also an entire listening society. Incredibly uplifting and forever faithful, Archie Roach’s Let Love Rule is an album that expresses his deepest desires and highest hopes for a brighter future.

Archie Roach is joining fellow music luminary Rodriguez for shows across the country throughout November and December. As well shining magic on those attending the Supernatural Amphitheatre this December at Meredith Music Festival.

Let Love Rule is out today, take it all in now.