Touting a vocal presence that resembles the emotional yearning of Mark Kozelek, B.E. Godfrey utilizes this commanding vocal lead with captivating songwriting. The former frontman of doom-folk act listenlisten, Godfrey now crafts solo music under the name Belaver. The solo project’s first EP came in 2014, with Wild Desperation featuring collaborations with country great Robert Ellis and Deep Cuts’ Chase Harris.
“Grave Robber” is the latest track from Belaver, a stirring success with creaky acoustics and sporadic synths. The track is excellent throughout, with my favorite section coming around 01:29 – “what I discovered not’s what I remember.” Ghostly backing vocals and a soft acoustical presence becomes briefly accompanied by a gorgeous symphonic presence. Finding success with more barren folk-laden sections and riveting expansion alike, Belaver is an exciting project to pay attention to.
“Grave Robber” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2018’ Spotify playlist.
“Grave Robber” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Folk 2018.