This post was originally published in November 2018.

The voice here, and the song, both give me echoes of Peter Gabriel: the intonation, the epic piano, and the soaring melody. It’s an energy lift about diving into your life head first. See you on the other side, my friend:

“Wade through the long grass
you walk down the mountain
to the edge. Meet me in the darkness”— Speak, Brother

For this release, the band reached out to their fans for inspiration, and were stunned by the response; it felt like the message was one of shared suffering, of the pain that so many of us carry around every day that goes unseen. From that, comes this brave and unflinching commitment to meeting the future head-on.

Speak, Brother is an indie folk band from the UK. This song is featured on our Roots Collection playlist.