The Long Faces – “Eisenhower”


London-based quintet The Long Faces showcase a cinematic folk sound on their sweeping new track “Eisenhower,” marking their first new material in almost three years. A frolicking introduction enamors with brisk strings and keys, assembling into a spirited vocal lead with a theatrical spirit. The “can anyone…” rise stirs with its pulsing instrumentation and impassioned vocal briefness.

The second half ascent plays with further vigor, remarking “I love you more,” amidst a gorgeously intense array of twangy guitars, pulsating strings, and thumping rhythms. “Eisenhower” is an exciting success from The Long Faces, who here remind of stellar acts like Black Country, New Road and Black Midi.

The band elaborates on the track and its themes:

“‘Eisenhower’ is the right song at the right time for us as a band. We’re at a moment in our development where sonically, things are moving in a decidedly new direction, which we’re very excited about, whilst at the same time, we’re reflecting on how we got here: our coming of age both as a group, and as individuals. The song itself is a kind of meditation on all of these feelings. It’s about conflicting impulses, about the tension between nostalgic and progressive desires, and the possibilities that arise from confronting both at once.”

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

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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