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Black Belt Eagle Scout's new album is due out next week, but we don't have to wait to hear a new single from Katherine Paul's musical project. "Spaces" is a gorgeous song that blends folk, dream pop, and Paul's Swinomish heritage. It's a very quiet song that still keeps all of the power you associate with Black Belt Eagle Scout's music. The focus is Paul's vocals, with electric guitar and violin masterfully assisting the lush, dreamlike quality of the song. It also features guest vocals from her parents, with her father's traditional chants mixing with Paul and her mother's melody. Even though all of Black Belt Eagle Scout's songs feel special, this one feels a little more so.
Katherine Paul says of her new single:
“I wrote ‘Spaces’ for an audience as a way to sing melodies of healing and care for them. Since starting Black Belt Eagle Scout, I have moved through many spaces, playing shows for crowds of people. I can’t always connect one on one with everyone and so this song is an attempt to bring my feelings of appreciation I have for everyone who supports my music to life. My parents lend their voices in the chorus melody, my dad with his strong pow wow voice and my mom with her wholesome tone that sounds so similar to mine you can barely notice the distinction between me and her. I want this song to be an offering for those who need to grasp onto something and feel because through feeling and being together, there is healing."
You can watch the video for "Spaces" below. The Land, The Water, The Sky is due out February 10 on Saddle Creek. The album can be pre-ordered here. For more on Black Belt Eagle Scout, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.