When this song starts it’s hard to get a sense of what it is, let alone where it will go. Then at the 45-second mark it takes flight – or, rather, Josh McGovern’s voice opens up and suddenly you’re inside something else unexpected but wonderful. British singer-songwriter McGovern has been compared to Tom Waits and Nick Cave, but that’s more for his register than anything, for McGovern is a more melodic and, dare one say it (come for me now, Waits and Cave fans), expressive singer.
In ‘The Devil Below Me’ he’s gone for drama, as his voice demands, and stops before it becomes overwrought. This suggests he understands how to use his voice rather than exploit it, and that makes it a powerful instrument. It will be intriguing to see what he comes up with next.
Watch the video for ‘The Devil Below Me’ below.
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