Cedars - Desperate Journalist

from the album In Search Of The Miraculous (2019)

Of all the bands out there in the musicverse, very few produce records that soars.  Desperate Journalist is one of those bands.

On the song Cedars, the London post-punkers Desperate Journalist deliver a song that physically and emotionally lift the listener into a magical place where you dance on a melody and sway to a propulsive groove.

The band is sensational, evoking the spirit of Blondie and The Pretenders while remaining modern and relevant.  The bass playing is particularly notable for its texture, tone, and joy.  The sound of the snare is Goldilocks good (not too dead, not too in-your-face, but rather it is just right).  The rhythm guitar has masterful jangle, and the guitar leads cuts through the mix to create a song within a song.

But the true star of the show are the vocals of Jo Bevan.  In the verses, she sings almost conversationally with tones of vigor and longing.  In the chorus, her voice raises to the stratosphere, leaving me in goosebumps.

This is a taste of heaven.

Click Here to watch the official video for Cedars by Desperate Journalist.

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