For her latest single, Esther Rose brought in her friend Alyndra Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff for vocals. "Safe to Run" is a gorgeous and stripped down folk song that borders on the pop side of things, at least until some killer slide guitar adds some fantastic twang. As gorgeous as the song is, there is a growing sense of dread that builds and builds as the song goes on. It's just the slightest sense of noise, and a slight change to the guitar, but it's unquestionably there. Since the song is about the dread of climate change, this slowly growing dark vibe makes perfect sense and adds to the brilliance of the song.
Esther Rose says of the new song:
"Sonically, Ross and I threw every idea we had on this song and it absorbed everything as if it were just this mega-powerful container. We built so many layers into the outro. I love Ross’s counter-melody on the Mellotron and the high-pitched 1-note synth drone which he refers to as ‘the angels.’ Nick Cohon, of Bay Area death metal band Cormorant, brought the doom by arranging the ascending guitar outro. It was so meaningful to collaborate with Alynda Segarra and to hear the song start to fly. Alynda’s voice is this expertly tuned muscle; when they sing, you feel everything."
You can watch the video for "Safe to Run" below. Safe to Run, the album, is due out April 21 on New West Records. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Esther Rose, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.
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