Hauntingly relevant. Both musically and spiritually is the best way I can describe the new track from Viking Moses titled ‘In Servitude’. This song gets you from that first note with a captivating chord progression that not only serves as the catalyst for the first verse but sets that certain mood that you only get when you first hear a great song for the first time and realize that this just became the soundtrack to that particular moment in your life. The meaning of the song is deep, to say the least, so it is only fitting that the music project that certain personal and spiritual awakening in a dark moment of zen that you will forever remember but never be able to describe.
About ‘In Servitude’
“In Servitude” is an epistolary poem, confessing the fear and possible outcome of one’s spirituality being discovered — in this case, that God could be the personal servant of one solitary rogue. Both a surrender and a celebration, the song explores privacy and faith in an age of cyber-bullying and a societal stalemate. Drudging chord progressions create a hypnotic mantra, while Massei’s Phrygian melodies and wailing vocals are offered up in this dynamic sermon that beckons lonely listeners into the all-healing hands of Rock and Roll. “In Servitude” was mixed by Hunter Davidsohn (Producer: Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Sheer Mag) at Business District Recording, and the video was filmed by Nick Hughes in Jesi, Italy.
About Viking Moses
Nearly 13 years since his proper debut as Viking Moses, Baltimore musician Brendon Massei is slated to release his fifth album, Cruel Child. As one would expect from someone who is noted for having consistently toured since 1993, Cruel Child offers a dozen dusty and deep and wistful explorations of the soul, written in such a manner they could only have come from a master traveler of dark and imposing paths both literal and philosophical.
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Yet in darkness, light; it would be wrong to fully assume that Cruel Child is an album that wallows in its misery. Yes, Massei sings with a deep and haunted voice reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, Will Oldham, and David Eugene Edwards, but like those masters, Massei is adept at hiding beautiful, tender, and positive messages that are shrouded in mystery and melancholy. The power of devotion to love can be found in the swampy gospel grunge of “Let The Trouble Pass,” the slow jam R&B rhythm of “Killing Kind” builds upon the tension of impatience, and the desolate power of bleak country emboldens the unfolding beauty of love in the one-two knockout album-closing punch of “A World So Full Of Love” and “Take Tender,” both of which are astonishingly beautiful love songs presented in a heartbreaking arrangement not seen since Townes Van Zandt.
Cruel Child is an album of dark sounds, to be sure; it is beautiful darkness, though–one that should not be feared, but embraced. It is an album that unfolds itself slowly; its foreboding and lonely trails growing lighter on subsequent listens, revealing hidden beauty and truth with every visit.
SOURCE: Official Bio