- Category: NEW RELEASE UNRACKED
- Written by Danny
Is there any category for homespun roots music that twangs, bends and inspires with organs, guitars, solid rhythms and soulful vocals? It is southern soul with a rock force picking out the guitar notes. Spirit brings in a gospel influence and the interactive instrumentation nods towards jam bands. There is no title, and that is maybe why Black Robin Hero can incorporate all the sound elements and make the music with a happy ending from its own hand, and not a result of its historical styles. Black Robin Hero craft their debut, narrow plains EP, with a sound balances what the band listens to and what the band plays. There is soul, rock and roots. The rhythms roll with an easy slope across the tracks. The basic guitar, bass, keys, and drums get assistance from some additional harmonies and percussion. The tunes on narrow plains EP get a big helping hand from the trumpet/sax work of Henry Westmoreland.
Black Robin Hero opens the EP with all guns firing. “I Hope They’re Wrong” showcases flashfire horns, cocksure guitar work, and somebody-get-me-a-towel vocals. “Capstan” has an assured swagger that delivers its southern rock rhythm with a sharp edge and “We Won’t Stop” takes every opportunity to catch a breath after each break in the beat. “Long Road” takes a slow path to get to its target and uses the confidence of its vocals to confess a more personal use of methods to get through, citing how our individual paths might not always meet with approval but suggesting that maybe the pat on the back should come from the inside.
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