The Lone Bellow are known for their emotionally intricate music, which came at us like a bolt of lightening on their self-titled 2013 debut album. Though it’s hardly been two years since then, fans have been eager for new music, some new emotionally intense turmoil to sink their teeth into. That’s exactly what they gave them on gospel inspired new single “Then Came The Morning,” which is the first off their new record of the same name, due out in January 2015.
Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, from the first moment there’s a gospel undertone to the background vocals, which sway gently under lead vocalist Zach Williams harrowing howl. If there’s one thing Zach does well, it’s allowing himself these small but significant moments where he gets completely lost in the story he’s trying to tell you. Though most of The Lone Bellow’s music has primarily been about struggling through tragedy, and the pure desperation of the human condition when we’re faced with obstacles we hardly believe we can overcome, Morning settles differently around that theme. Though there’s talk of being battered and bruised, mistreated in a way that seems almost impossible to walk away from, the morning light becomes a beacon of hope. The swell of the chorus, the intensity of the violin, it all comes together at just the right moment. Making for a truly beautiful song.
But I’d expect nothing less from a band like The Lone Bellow.