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Song You Need to Know: Jackmann, ‘All or Nothing’

Having teased his debut LP under the Jackmann moniker for some time, “All or Nothing” will appear on Kris Schroeder’s ‘Low Key’ next month.

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Kris Schroeder will release 'Low Key', the first album under his Jackmann moniker, next month.


With his debut album set for release next month, Melbourne musician Jackmann has shared his latest single, the slow-burning indie gem “All or Nothing”.

Although the name Jackmann might be a relatively new one to fans of Australian music, Kris Schroeder is no stranger to the local scene. Having served as a member of beloved outfit The Basics since their formation 18 years ago, Schroeder adopted his new musical moniker a few years back, with new music arriving sporadically from time to time, including his Whatever Doesn’t Kill You, Just Makes You Bored EP earlier this year.

Having shared singles such as “Not a Bad Person” and “The Wolf and The Hare” to much acclaim, Schroeder is now getting closer to the release of the debut album by Jackmann, with “All or Nothing” arriving as the record’s latest single.

A heartbreaking track with simplistic lyrics that cut straight to the bone, “All or Nothing” describes a romantic situation that has been felt almost universally, with his deft guitarwork underpinning the delicate rhymes delivered via his rich baritone that only deepen their meaning as the song continues.

“‘All or Nothing’ reflects that sad situation of being caught between someone you have feelings for, and someone who has feelings for you. A love triangle, I guess,” Schroeder explains. “There are all sorts of guilt and indecision going on – but life needs an answer, and ultimately nobody wins.”

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with producer Grammy and Emmy award-winner Sam Okell (PJ Harvey, Graham Coxon, The Beatles), “All or Nothing” is set to appear on Low Key when it arrives on September 11th.

Jackmann’s “All or Nothing” is out now, while Low Key is released on September 11th via MGM, with pre-orders available now.