- Vika & Linda announce their very first best-of album, ‘Akilotoa
- ‘Akilotoa is a 28 song double CD Anthology, including The Black Sorrows classic ‘Never Let Me Go’, and a brand new recording
- The anthology takes its title, ‘Akilotoa, a song about love, from a track on Vika & Linda’s second album Princess Tabu
The power of music never ceases to amaze, and that experience is enhanced when two of the finest voices in Australia are singing for you. Vika & Linda Bull have comprised one of the most distinctive, versatile, and emotionally charged vocal sounds on the Australian music landscape since their multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with The Black Sorrows in the late 1980s. Since that time, the sisters have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, rock, country, and the island music of their Tongan ancestry.
‘Akilotoa | Anthology 1994-2006 is Vika & Linda’s first release since signing to Bloodlines, part of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group, who will re-issue the entire Vika & Linda catalogue later in the month.
“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Vika & Linda back home,” says Bloodlines Director and co-founder Warren Costello. “Mushroom released Vika & Linda’s first three studio albums, including their 1994 self-titled debut (which hit the Top 10, was certified platinum and nominated for an ARIA Award) so Michael Gudinski and I have had such a great history and strong bond with the girls over a long period of time.”
The 28 song anthology gathers tracks from Vika & Linda’s five studio albums and two live albums. ‘Akilotoa features the much-loved singles ‘When Will You Fall For Me’, ‘House of Love’, ‘We’ve Started A Fire’, ‘Hard Love’ and ‘Love Comes Easy’. Also featured is The Black Sorrows’ smash hit ‘Never Let Me Go’ from the classic Harley & Rose album, with Vika on lead vocals, which to this date is The Black Sorrows’ highest-charting album.
‘Akilotoa showcases Vika & Linda’s remarkable voices, as well as Australia’s finest songwriters, including Paul Kelly, Stephen Cummings, Mark Seymour and Archie Roach, amongst many others. Many of the songs were written especially for Vika & Linda, including Paul Kelly’s ‘Be Careful What You Pray For’ and ‘To Be Good Takes A Long Time (To Be Bad No Time At All)’.
The collection celebrates the sisters’ Tongan heritage, with songs such as ‘The Parting Song’, ‘Grandpa’s Song’ and the title track ‘’Akilotoa’, a song sung entirely in their mother’s native language, Tongan.
Vika & Linda recently returned to the studio to record a bonus track for the anthology – a 2020 version of ‘Down On The Jetty’. Co-written by Linda, the song originally appeared on Paul Kelly’s The Merri Soul Sessions in 2014.
Vika & Linda – who were inducted into the Music Victoria Hall of Fame in 2019 – are admired and respected as two of our finest singers.
“Having recorded and performed together for 35 years – including with the likes of Paul Kelly and Joe Camilleri – it’s no great surprise that the Bull sisters can make something tricky look and sound so easy,” The Australian said recently.
“Their voices combined sound salty-sweet,” Paul Kelly says, “and have that elusive twinned quality you only get when siblings sing together – two swallows swooping and spiralling in the air as if invisibly girded. Vika has great cut and articulation and can really open up the throttle. Linda is warm and mellow like honey. But they can switch roles. They can both be tough and tender.”
And as Kasey Chambers says, “Hearing Vika & Linda’s voices together is still one of my favourite sounds ever.”
Vika & Linda have been making the most of their isolation, creating a weekly gospel session Sunday Sing Song on social media, with a weekly audience reaching into the millions. Watch their Sunday Sing Song performances HERE.
The girls are currently working on their first full-length album of original material in 18 years, to be released by Bloodlines in 2021.