Jack Ladder is an Australian bandleader with a big, decadent, surly voice that invites inevitable comparisons to his countryman Nick Cave, and he’s also got a backing band called the Dreamlanders that counts Kirin J Callahan among its number. He’s already teamed up with Sharon Van Etten on “Come On Back This Way,” a song on his 2014 album Playmates. And she also appears on “To Be And To Be Kept,” another track that shows up on the album, which will see American release next month. “To Be And To Be Kept” is a big, searching, easy-to-like ballad, and you can hear it below.
Playmates is out 2/24 in the U.S., via Fat Possum.