Euphoric and brimming with unabashed confidence, The Jungle Giants’ latest offering Treat You Right, out today, catalogues the moment you realise you want to stop swiping and settle down.
Channelling the uplifting indie-dance feel of previous singles Heavy Hearted, Sending Me Ur Loving and In Her Eyes, Treat You Right is the fourth single from the bands’ impending album, and was written and produced solely by Sam Hales.
Says Sam of the track: “Can’t wait to finally share Treat You Right. This is one of the first tracks I wrote for the upcoming record and also the first duet we’ve ever released. It’s Janet Planet from Confidence Man singing on the track and she’s brought the sass.”
Quirky and charming, the music video for Treat You Right was brought to life by long-time collaborator Melbourne filmmaker Julian Lucas. Following a worldwide search for Sam Hales’ doppelgänger, the music video takes the concept of personal growth to a whole new level, exploring a story of self-love and acceptance.
After completing a world tour in early 2020, The Jungle Giants returned to Australia at the same time the pandemic hit, forcing everyone into strict lockdown. For Hales, the timing couldn’t have been better, providing the push he needed to properly go it alone creatively.
“I got the perfect excuse to do everything exactly according to me, and I didn’t seem like a mean person!” Hales laughs. “I could just sit in the studio and play everything myself.”
Being locked away in the studio by himself for weeks on end proved taxing, but also fortuitous, both personally and professionally. It forced Hales to take creative risks, like channelling Timbaland and Ashanti in his ‘90s production style and vocal falsettos.
Not only was making this album “really self-affirming” for Hales, it’s also shaping up to be The Jungle Giants’ most successful. First single Heavy Hearted’ went ARIA-certified Platinum and won the fiercely competitive Queensland Music Awards ‘2020 Song of the Year’. Follow-up Sending Me Ur Loving was praised by KCRW for its “exquisite hooks and pristine production”, while groove-heavy third single In Her Eyes was lauded by NME. All three singles have also placed in Triple J’s Hottest 100, with both Heavy Hearted and Sending Me Ur Loving placing 8th in consecutive years; making a total of seven consecutive songs that have made the list.
Not that these are The Jungle Giants’ first accolades— their third album Quiet Ferocity peaked at #11 on the ARIA charts and won AIR Awards’ ‘Best Independent Album or EP’ and Queensland Music Awards’ ‘Album of the Year’. Previous singles Feel The Way I Do and Used To Be In Love certified Platinum, with Bad Dream and On Your Way Down certified Gold.
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