Bag Raiders & Panama strike balanced gold on ‘How Long’

In 2011, BAG RAIDERS put out their debut self-titled record. Eight years later, the Sydney duo are readying the release of their second record, and while it may seem like a little while between drinks, this period has seen the duo release some of their strongest work yet.

Horizons is due to officially be in our hot little hands on Friday, September 6, but to tide us over until then, they’ve been giving us a few steady taste’s of what we can expect to hear on the record. Firstly, they kicked it off with a piano-driven pop piece in ‘Lightning’, featuring the Kite String Tangle. The second taste, ‘Wild At Heart’ came from them and their good pal Mickey Kojak. And finally, today, we’ve been given another cut from the record titled ‘How Long’, featuring Sydney’s Jarrah McCleary AKA Panama.

‘How Long’ was cooked up in the duo’s LA home. The track details that feeling where you’re waiting for love to come back around, and they’ve actualised that icy feeling into the modular sounds that the artists have frozen into the arrangement.

The track sees Panama‘s voice achingly sing atop the carefully crafted instrumental. The soundscape feels minimal throughout, but that doesn’t exactly mean there’s not a lot to it. They’ve played carefully with layers, ensuring that each instrument is appropriately placed and actually belongs in the track. They’ve struck a beautiful balance.

Of the collaboration, Bag Raiders said:

“From the first meeting to being in the studio, he’s [Jarrah] been great to work with. It’s great working with people who bring something different and help you get out of your own headspace – which is sometimes exactly what you need in order to do something new.”

Catch Bag Raiders on tour with Mickey Kojak and Chase Zera next month. Grab your tickets here.

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Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF

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SEE ALSO

BAG RAIDERS EVOKE EXUBERANCE ON LATEST SINGLE ‘WILD AT HEART’ FEAT. MICKEY KOJAK
BAG RAIDERS ARE HITTING THE ROAD FOR THEIR FIRST HEADLINE TOUR IN THREE YEARS
BAG RAIDERS SPARK A EUPHORIC COMEBACK WITH ‘LIGHTNING’ FT. THE KITE STRING TRIANGLE

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