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Caroline Blind “Need To Say”

Caroline Blind Need To Say is the second single from Blinds anticipated February 2020 release, The Spell Between. It follows the previously released single, God Damn The Sun. Blind delivers a spellbinding, albeit, dark song in the engrossing Need To Say. Searching for the words to describe the final, precious hours, of life, Blind and her band make it count.

With lyrics like I don’t’ want to fall asleep / when time is short and feelings deep / and all our words have lost meaning the gut-punch of emotions is poignant. But the more I think about it, the words do have meaning? As a songwriter is Blind trying to say at that point, let bygones be bygones? Is this song about still saying what you meant to say all those times, or because time is short, finally say those words good or bad out loud? The music bed is haunting and it feels like Blind isnt going with sentimentality or hugs and kisses with the actual music. Shes leaving it up to her words to deliver the overall big picture. Dum.dum.dumdum goes the music bed. She really connects with her strong vocals. Shes deep in delivery, yet very approachable and easy to feel engaged. She has the voice of someone, like Rosanne Cash, that is full of stories. Shes lived her life on her terms. She sounds like she doesnt take anyones crap and is not going to give up the chance, no matter how hard the words are to convey. I think the lyrics are brave and I think this song explores so much. Again, her terms and her story to be told.

BANDCAMP: https://carolineblind.bandcamp.com/track/need-to-say

The guitar work is intricate enough to feel like a gemstone in the fray. It follows in line when Blinds vocals present more melodic delivery. The acoustic guitar strums along nicely. As a listener I felt like I was being submerged into a gothic folk rock sound. I didnt feel like there were drums pounding and the sweet-sounding guitar strums were streams of light poking through the dark. In fact I know they were there, but the percussion is quite faint. The star of the song is really Blinds delivery and the overall tone. Goth is the perfect word to describe their music.

Blind is also known for her tenure in Sunshine Blind. Formed in 1991 in Clifton, N.J., Sunshine Blind released three albums between 1994 and 2003, and toured quite extensively. The gritty rock band boasted a solid fanbase in the Jersey, Philly and NYC scene. What Blind carries over in Need To Say is that fearless dive into finding the emotions so many folks cant put to words. The dreary music bed might have made its way to The Shining score, but the bright acoustic guitar riffs are beams of light in a song of shadows. Thats the juxtaposition of this song that makes it so great its both positive and negative. Dark and light. Good and evil. Arent we all a little of both?

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