Photo: Tajette O'Halloran

Grace Cummings peacocks and postures on the sweeping “Common Man”

Australian fave Grace Cummings has released a new single called “Common Man”. It’s the second glimpse of her upcoming album, Ramona, after “On and On”. Of the new song, she says:

“This song is about being a colorful bird and never, ever wanting to be a pigeon. Somebody I used to know wrote a song called common man about working nine to five and coming home and having a cup of tea and going to bed and it made me want to have a fucking panic attack. I wish I could tell people it was about riding off into the distance on the back of a white horse with a Cowboy in Austin Texas, but it’s not.”

The cantering rhythm and skimming guitar of “Common Man”, with subtle inflections of piano and organ, creates a dusty atmosphere where eagles fly above. Cummings’ rich voice is left plenty of space to shine,capturing the arid atmosphere in her all-encompassing delivery. She gallops into the chorus where she takes up the role of the cocksure cowboy, riding away from all that’s boring and small fry – “I can’t stand to be the common man,” she announces. When you have musical prowess like this, why would you?

Listen to “Common Man” below or find it on streamers.

Grace Cummings’ new album Ramona arrives on April 5 via ATO Records/PIAS (pre-order/save).

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She’s announced some North American dates to her upcoming run. Those are in bold below.

Wed Feb 14 – Melbourne Recital Centre (Solo) (with Calexico) – Melbourne, AUS
Thu Feb 15 – Melbourne Recital Centre (Solo) (with Calexico) – Melbourne, AUS
Fri Feb 16 – Theatre Royal (Solo) (with Calexico) – Castlemaine, AUS
Fri Feb 23 – The Nightcat – Melbourne, AUS
Fri Mar 1 – Stranded Bar -– Brisbane, AUS
Sat Mar 2 – The Lansdowne – Sydney, AUS

Wed May 1 – Gold Diggers – Los Angeles, CA
Sat May 4 – Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA
Sun May 5 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
Tue May 7 – DC9 – Washington, DC
Wed May 8 – Arden Gild Hall – Wilmington, DE
Thu May 9 – Public Records – Brooklyn, NY

Wed May 15 – Forest National – Brussels Belgium *
Thu May 16 – Stadthalle – Offenbach, Germany *
Sat May 18 – Forum Karlin – Prague, Czechia *
Sun May 19 – Arena Wien – Vienna, Austria *
Mon May 20 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany *
Tue May 21 – Kantine am Berghain – Berlin, Germany
Thu May 23 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands *
Fri May 24 – 100 Club – London, United Kingdom
Sun May 26 – Olympia – Liverpool, United Kingdom *
Mon May 27 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, United Kingdom *
Wed May 29 – Civic Halls – Wolverhampton, United Kingdom *
Thu May 30 – Bristol Beacon – Bristol, United Kingdom *
Fri May 31 – Brighton Dome – Brighton, United Kingdom *
Sun Jun 2 – Maifeld Derby – Mannheim, Germany
Mon Jun 3 – Import Export – Munich, Germany
Tue Jun 4 – Unaltrofestival @ Circolo Magnolia – Milan, Italy *
Fri Jun 7 – La Boule Noire – Paris, France
Wed Jun 12 – Bergenfest – Bergen, Norway

*King Gizzard Support