Slaughter Beach, Dog At The Lexington
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Across the previous Slaughter Beach, Dog albums, Jake Ewald has crafted a specific sound. Its one that incorporates pop music, indie-rock, folk, and just the faintest dash of punk in order to create something thats accessible but still artistically rich. With Safe And Also No Fear, the bands third album, Ewald has abandoned his usual practices in service of creating something that, try as one might, isnt so easy to describe.
In the wake of 2017s Birdie, an album awash in warm tones and bubbly pop hooks, Safe And Also No Fear cant help but feel like a turn toward darkness. Its not one thats instigated by the outside worldas inescapable as it may bebut instead the dramatic shifts of a persons interior life. Where Ewald once offered tightly woven vignettes about characters that mirrored the people in his life, Safe And Also No Fear finds him naked at the albums center, questioning everything he knows about himself. Around him, bassist Ian Farmer, guitarist Nick Harris, and drummer Zack Robbins spin out songs that are dense, swirling amalgams of difficult questions and hard-earned realizationsthe kind that cant be expressed through the accepted structures of pop music.
This isnt to say there arent hooks, as songs like Good Ones and One Day have effervescent melodies anchoring them, but Safe And Also No Fear generally avoids taking the clear-cut path. As Ewald tells it, thats a horrifying thing to put out into the world. After putting the finishing touches on the album, he sat down and listened back to the demos hed first made, then the album itself, and realized it sounded unlike anything hed ever done before. His creative impulses had changed over the years, and the result was a record that maybe his followers wouldnt actually like.
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