Kings of the Brushwood Thicket, hailing from Jamaica, Queens (New York City), has premiered their debut single, “He Was a Man”, and I had the pleasure of an early listen. The stripped down midtempo song features for the most part only an acoustic guitar and two sets of vocals—a main male one with a female set flowing in and out throughout the track of a little less than three minutes.
It also contains a lot of nuance for such a simply built track, carried mainly through the richness of the male vocals. This minimal yet rich palette fills the ears and carries the listener through the compelling story of a man “looking for a life to save his life” as his previously very American dream-like existence slowly starts unravelling. No doubt the story will resonate with many struggling with the explosive consequences some seven years ago of decisions made in the financial sector. The David Bowie-flavoured “He Was a Man”, available for streaming on SoundCloud, sets the bar high for the band’s upcoming full album, The Lies You Leave Behind, set for release on May 5, 2015.
More information about the band is available on their agent’s website.
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