Archer - Spanish guitar and singin
Arthur 'Blackwater' Brown - 12 hole chromatic harmonica
Slippry Sid - Hawaiian guitar
Filmed on Super 8 by Archer
My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart written by Mike O'Malley (AUS) c1950
Old time sing-song man Archer has today announced his new single My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart, a beautiful rediscovery of Mike O’Malley’s little known original ballad from the 1950’s, out March 18. To accompany the tune Archer himself has filmed and produced a rare miracle of a clip, a dreamlike wander through the country he loves.
My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart is a sunburnt rambler and is as refreshingly humble as the man behind the voice that croons it. It’s a deceptively simple tune, but therein lies the charm, a timeless little lovesong that catches in your bones, sung in Archer’s matchless and haunting voice. The track was lovingly engineered by Alex Bennett (CW Stoneking) and recorded straight to tape, resulting in that perfect lo-fi feel. Archer was honoured to put his spin on the classic, saying in his measured and thoughtful way, “It feels damn good to bring an old fair dinkum forgotten Australian love song out again. It’s a huggin’ your Grandma kind of a song – livin’ and dyin’ music, somethin’ or nothin’ music.”
The clip for My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart is enough to make even the most inner city-dwelling Australian swell with love for our country. The grainy oldschool footage is timeless, celebrating the country’s people and animals, alongside flickering images of rolling pastures and native plants and trees. Like the song, the clip is simple, yet remarkably effective. It was filmed by Archer himself and edited by Wilk (Ella Hooper, Sarah Blasko), with Archer charmingly explaining, “I filmed the footage on a Super 8 camera…I was originally gonna film all the ol’ sweet Aussie sweethearts I could find, but there aren’t many women ‘round these parts at present - I get sidetracked pretty bloody easily and got to thinkin’ that a sheep or a grasshead or a beautiful ol’ gumtree has as much ‘sweetheart’ in ‘em as anythin’ else, so that’s that!”
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