Baker Boy has returned with his first slice of new music since his acclaimed 2021 debut album Gela, chucking us a sonic curveball in the form of a reworked version of Bernard Fanning‘s ‘Wish You Well’.
The Yolŋu superstar has reimagined Fanning’s acoustic folk hit as a feel-good hip-hop anthem, enlisting the help of Gela producer Pip Norman, as well as the Powderfinger frontman himself.
“It’s Bernard from Powderfinger and a national treasure, you know? So it was crazy. I was just freaking out a little bit.”
“‘Wish You Well’ is a break-up track, but it’s all about spreading that love,” Baker Boy explains. “The original isn’t really usual for Baker Boy – that vibe. So I wanted to kind of make it into a story where I can also apply it differently and make it Yolŋu flavour.
“It’s not just in a romantic way, it’s about sharing the love – whether it’s your partner, whether it’s your friends or family…” he continues. “It’s also for the people that are having a hard time right now. I just wanted to spread some love through music.”
The Fresh Prince Of Arnhem Land does admit it was a bit daunting to tackle such an iconic Aussie hit.
“It’s Bernard from Powderfinger and a national treasure, you know? So it was crazy,” he confesses. “I was just freaking out a little bit. Then I jumped on a call with him. It was so, so amazing to do the track and make it into a Baker Boy track as well.”
As for Fanning, he was stoked to team-up with the ARIA-winner to help breathe new life into his breakout 2005 hit.
“Baker Boy’s music is so full of energy and excitement that I was very happy to collaborate on a new take on ‘Wish You Well’,” he says. “I love the spirit of this new version and am so glad it’s taken such a different musical tack but maintained the buoyancy of the original. It’s the first time I’ve worked in this way, but I found it so easy because the ideas coming from Danzal and Pip were so good.”
You can take it for a spin above.
In the meantime, if you were lucky enough to nab tickets to Splendour In The Grass next month, you could be in for a special treat. Speaking on triple j this afternoon, Baker Boy revealed he’s trying to hook-up a live collab with Fanning on the Splendour stage!
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