This post was originally published in November 2018.

This feels like a classic old-time folk meets modern pop moment, something like the revolution David Gray had with Babylon. The groove is so satisfying, and so worth waiting for, and the message is perfect for this moment: we could all of us use a little relief right now.

It’s a classic sense of imagery, with a touch of fire-and-brimstone, and that resonates very much with the growing pains we face as a country right now. With the easy vocals, the Wurlitzer, the double dirty guitars, it’s a page from the classic Americana playbook: the emotion in the vocal honors the deep lyrical symbolism, and then the homey groove keeps you coming back.

Honestly, the commentary on where we are right now is a bit bleak; we need that. Let’s make it better.

“There’s fires burning on the hillside
it’s funny ‘round this time of year
it fills the sky with smoke and demons
it fills my eyes with ash and dirt”— The Bull Brothers

The Bull Brothers are a songwriting duo from London. This song is featured on our CHILL NEW Songwriters playlist.