Taken from the mouth-watering melodic captivation that is Blind Faith, the recently released album from Black, double A-sided single When It’s Over/Womanly Panther sends ears and imagination into a spin confirming the potency of its parent bed for fans and masterfully welcoming newcomers into the ever compelling craft of one of Britain’s finest songwriters.
Black is of course the musical non de plume of Colin Vearncombe, and the tracks making up the single, swift persuasions co-written with long-time friend and musical sparring partner Calum MacColl, the son of Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl and brother of the ever missed Kirsty. The two songs give persuasive evidence of the diversity of sound and imagination which fuels Blind Faith from start to finish, starting with When It’s Over which gently slips over ears, enticing they and thoughts with a swift wash of melodic elegance. Aligned to the distinctive tones of Vearncombe, it quickly reveals a Walker Brothers like beauty and seduction which only grows as the heart and orchestral majesty of the song blossoms. Through this seductive and rousing flame a sense of calm is kept by the dour but magnetic tones of the bass. Its masterful tempering to the soaring stringed majesty also manages to simultaneously emulate the reflective vocals, emphasising their equally fascinating persuasion and ever open charm.
The track continues to smoulder in thoughts and memory long after its departure but still gets outshone by the magnificent Womanly Panther, surely one of the best songs to hit 2015. Gliding in on a nostalgic air and siren-esque melodies wrapped in sultry temptation, the song tangos through ears, across the imagination, and into the passions with the scenic flirtation of the French Riviera glossed by the smouldering beauty of a screen queen. Strings flirt as suggestive melodies seduce, rhythms shuffle as joyful revelry fuels every trait of the wonderful serenade led by the ever descriptive tones of Vearncombe.
The pair of songs are just a snatch of the goodness flooding through Blind Faith and strong reason for those yet to embrace Black’s latest triumph to go treat themselves.
When It’s Over/Womanly Panther is out now via Nero Schwarz Ltd.
Pete RingMaster 14/09/2015
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