The opening track on Better Angels, the new album from Eric H. F. Law, “Don’t Be Afraid” touts considerable stylistic charm. A brooding vocal lead is complemented by snarling guitars and backing organs, leading to a “don’t be afraid,” refrain that’s a bit Bowie-esque in its charm. A rousing guitar solo past the four-minute mark converges with a shimmering backing organ for a wholly enjoyable feel. The track’s thematic focus, being of perseverance and persistence, is a wholesome remedy for feelings arising in one of the toughest years in recent memory. Law’s heartfelt songwriting shines throughout Better Angels.
Regarding the track, Law writes: “”Don’t Be Afraid!” I told myself again and again after I found out I got cancer. This phrase eventually turned into a song and as 2020 continued, the song evolved into a song of reassurance that all shall be well, despite the personal and societal seismic shifts caused by the pandemic, racial injustice protests, political polarization, wild fires and economic crisis.”
“Don’t Be Afraid” and other memorable tracks from October can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2020’ Spotify playlist.