Premiere: Justin Bernasconi channels the spirit of the Australian outback on luminous new single “Lady In The Field”

Justin Bernasconi
(Image credit: Mountain King Music)

Later this week (on Thursday September 23rd, to be exact), Justin Bernasconi will share with the world his magical third album, Sleeping Like A Maniac. The album as a whole explores a wealth of honest, soul-baring storytelling, its creator's loveably off-kilter approach to the guitar – which he's aptly dubbed "folk impressionism" – meshing effortlessly with his knack for exploring the more cerebral side of narrative-based songwriting. 

A standout cut from the LP is "Lady In The Field", a heady and hypnotic ballad described as "a tale of a retired farmer who regrets sabotaging the love of his life long ago". Bernasconi recorded the track in a single take, working with the equally iconic Jeff Lang (who Australian Guitar recently caught up with) to immortalise one of his most unflinchingly wondrous, heartrending slivers of musical halcyon. As the video's description so flawlessly puts it: "Guitar weaves, twists and tumbles like the arbitrary spirit of the Australian bush. A shimmer of eucalypt. Empty horizon. Tangled emotions. Words tell. Guitar shows."

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…