Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – “So Far Away” (Dire Straits Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders released their fourth album Playmates back in February, and it included not one, but two Sharon Van Etten collaborations. Now the Australian band, which includes Kirin J Callinan, has recorded a cover of Dire Straits’ classic “So Far Away.” The stripped-down bluesy-folk cover is a departure from the Dreamlanders’ usual booming, ’80s-inspired pop sound. Ladder’s trademark baritone remains, though, and his crooning, Johnny Cash-like drawl seems to stretch the depth of the lyrics even more than before. The track really highlights Ladder’s musical versatility, and you can hear it below.

Check out the band’s December tour dates:
12/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
12/02 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
12/03 Washington, DC @ DC9
12/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
12/07 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
12/08 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
12/11 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
12/12 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
12/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Playmates is out now on Fat Possum.