Friday, December 8, 2023

Hallelujah the Hills - "Alone, In Love"

Photo by Adam Parshall

Boston's Hallelujah the Hills have embarked on a bonkers musical project called DECK, which is a fifty-two song, four album project with each song representing a different card in a playing deck. Today they've released a new song from that project. "Alone, In Love" will be the five of Diamonds in DECK, and it's a seven minute epic. It's a kinda groovy, kinda rootsy track that fits in right with what we love from Hallelujah the Hills. The song chugs along at a midtempo and obliterates the line between roots music and indie rock. It's filled with gang vocals on the chorus, and keeps meandering over into instrumental breaks that are giant freak outs. They're like Sonic Youth break downs if Sonic Youth used less feedback and more viola. We were pretty excited about DECK before, but now we're nearly rabid.

Songwriter Ryan H. Walsh says of the new song:

“I wanted to write a song that proved you can write a love song even in the absence of romance and love between two people. You can be in love with a process, with creativity. This is a love song for all the indoor kids working on their future masterpieces in their basements. It can be just as intense and rewarding. And whenever you make a breakthrough, there’s always somewhere new to push it.” 

You can listen to "Alone, In Love" below. DECK is due out in late 2024, and you can find more information over at the project's Patreon. For more on Hallelujah the Hills, check out the band's website. They're also playing December 15 at The Sinclair with Aaron & the Lord and Eldridge Rodriguez.

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