The English dark-blues duo Black Severn released the LP Wild Interior earlier in the month.
The seven track, approximately thirty five minutes, album (available on bandcamp) holds the listener in a vice-like grip through its duration as the combinations of guitar and percussion, like fencers, duel with each other giving the compositions a constant sense of thrusts and parries with the softly measured vocal providing an absorbing counter-weight.
The dour countenance of the soundtrack never looses intrigue as within the compositions, which run from under one minute to over eight, are in constant flux, with each offering something quite different, as Black Severn cast a wary eye on events, reflecting in their output the tumult of world affairs.
My apologies that this article is late, as I was originally alerted to Wild Interior, back in March. My selection on the LP is the penultimate track Dustwun.
Word arrives that the English delta-blues duo Black Severn will be releasing an EP later in the year.
Once I have more news on this I shall let you know.
Recently to surface as a video, serving as a reminder of their grimy sounds that cloak the listener in swamp mud, from their eponymous LP (available on bandcamp) the first of the eight tracks Seven.
The listener can feel the dank peat descending around them as the bulbous low-slung notes lump themselves on to the floor, whilst a beguiling harmonica surfaces through the gloop as stretched chords of guitar oscillate inside themselves while slow-step drum – beats around the head, suddenly the track gathers up its skirts and leaps to boundaries anew, before, like a coquette, slowing pace again with a teasing glance over the shoulder prior to thrusting hips in the air in a flourish of dank ribaldry, resting on a closing sequence of satiated muddy intertwining limbs.
Pete Webber (Guitar / Vocals / Banjo / Harp) and Jack Carver (Drums / Percussion /Backing Vocals) from Bristol in England form the dark-blues duo Black Severn.
Like trawling through a ditch Black Severn deliver music which is covered in sludge and best taken behind a black-out curtain rather than on a ride on the Severn Bore as they contemplate of a world turned topsy-turvy with the many – slaves to the few.
There is a rawness that reminds of exhausted and bloodied bare-knuckle boxers with mutual respect embracing at the close of fight as the duo deliver music which has a slowness of step that bears much on its shoulders.
Black Severn don’t make secret of their forlorn perspective of the world by which they are surrounded. Rather than having the listener reaching for a rope their compositions proffer a supportive arm to the darkest moments of thought and the tracks don’t make light of the situation – expressing a sentiment that one is not alone in contemplative mood.
Relatively newly out of the blocks Black Severn have made an early release available which came out earlier this month. It will be interesting to discover how and if they are able to transpose the music to the same impact in live performance given the spread of instrumentation which can also include on the list – double-bass.
Their eponymous début LP is available on bandcamp from which I have selected, the sixth of the eight tracks, In Thrall to feature.