Street Corner Messiahs release a short yet striking EP with depth and intention at its core.
Beautiful blues guitar kicks things off, an acoustic and intimate King George – a gorgeous fusion of two string parts, balancing blues and classical freestyle in a traditionally folk-like manner.
On top of this we get the vocal rasp and soul – a country voice with a captivating story to tell. Brilliant melodic progressions take you through moments of brightness and subtle melancholy alike.
Listening to this as the backdrop to your day is a joy in itself – as close to live music as many can get right now. Listening in depth to the lyrics though is a whole other experience. Stunningly crafted and performed. Well worth paying attention to.
Fly Robin Fly takes a more softly finger-picked, purely folk pathway, feeling a little Paul Simon-like on occasion, though still with the subtle Johnny Cash-esque vocal depth and character. There’s a comforting, nostalgic familiarity to this one, and the poetic imagery helps really further that natural warmth.
Then finally, adopting a notably tense and emotive, historically heavy aura, The Battle kicks in with an Irish folk charm and integrity that’s impossible to ignore.
In recent years there have been only a handful of artists who’ve written in this sort of dramatic, passionate acoustic fashion – Laura Marling’s Devil’s Spoke came to mind at one point, as did Seth Lakeman’s Kitty Jay. For the most part, it’s a style of music reserved for powerful and important storytelling.
In this case, the band don’t take things too far into darkness presentation-wise, but the rising intensity of the performance as the lyrical details gather momentum is striking to witness. A fantastic delivery, and a further testament to a truly talented, devoted and versatile band.
Find out more via the Street Corner Messiahs Website.
4 responses to “Street Corner Messiahs – Tales From The Tenderloin”
Great write up, thanks Rebecca
You’re very welcome, a total pleasure to listen to & write about
Great song the presidents hotel
Thanks Bryan . Have you heard the whole Album?