Photo: Renee Rodenkirchen
Dallas Green's alias City and Colour is the Canadian singer/songwriter's outlet for deep and dark thoughts and sixth record, 'A Pill For Loneliness', is comprised of some his most brooding work to date. Green borrows from literary legend John Steinbeck's 'East of Eden' - which explores themes of good + evil and rejection - on opening number 'Living In Lightning', a title taken from the novel's line: "He was born in fury and he lived in lightning."
The singer's unmistakeable vocals glide across the cinematic soundscape as he eases you in for an emotional rollercoaster ride.
Although there is a big band vibe throughout, the record is subtle and sparse in all the right places, mirroring the cathartic journey.
'Difficult Love' carries a yearning of hope that not all is lost as he questions whether a relationship on the rocks can be salvaged.
But by fifth track, 'Me and the Moonlight', the mood shifts into a deep, dark abyss.
Green belts out: "So many f***ing pointless conversations/About who's right or wrong, you or me/ Every mirror it hides a different reflection/ We've all got faces that we don't like to see."
Album closer 'Lay Me Down' opens with a haunting piano solo and is beautifully orchestrated over Green's weighted vocals.
It's been five years since City and Colour's last record, 2015's 'If I Should Go Before You', and it‘s only fitting that Green would put out, arguably, his bleakest project when the world is in such disarray.
For Fans Of: Of Mice and Men, Tom Waits
'A Pill For Loneliness' is out now on Still Records.