Lewis Ross-Robson – “Black Again”


“Black Again” is a moving single from Manchester-based singer/songwriter Lewis Ross-Robson, marking the first of three singles anticipated this year. Recorded at The Grand Studio in Clitheroe, the track ventures from hauntingly intimate folk envelopment into a hypnotic rhythms section and riveting expansion, courtesy of the artist’s four-piece band.

Thematically, the track consumes in capturing a fear of returning to the depths of despair and hopelessness, after emerging from the darkness. Drawing influences from tracks like Nick Cave’s “O Children” and Steven Fretwell’s “Play,” Ross-Robson delivers a commandingly dark outlook on lack of better days ahead, with central themes of desperation.

“Bury me down with the thoughts in my head,” Ross-Robson sings out during the track’s compelling rise, with the suave bass line and mystique-filled acoustics adorning the bleak vocal introspection. Lamenting about being “stuck” punctuates the ensuing verses, with the “bury me down,” reprisal sending chills with each entry. “Black Again” is a piece of captivating songwriting from Lewis Ross-Robson.

Bridget Greenwood’s artwork accompanies the single, depicting the the artist’s transformational process in the past few years, overcoming bad habits and aspiring toward a positive lifestyle. See the beautiful piece below:

An original artwork by Bridget Greenwood

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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