Faron Sage – “No Alternative”

A catchy critique of capitalist power structures, touting a plethora of corruption and division, “No Alternative” is a new single from UK-based musician Faron Sage. A peppy, jazz-touched backing adorns spoken-word insight for an intriguing aesthetical success. “It’s a bit of a relief to get it out there, to be honest!” the artist says of the release. “Likewise, there are many alternatives to our current capitalist system that I feel really need to be aired more widely so we can all discuss and explore them. Our future depends on it.”

A jumpy bass line and reflective percussive pulse excel into a spoken-word vocal fervency. “The way we live, it doesn’t work, there’s a disconnection with the world around us,” they start, musing on an exploitative and intrinsically corrupt system. “There is no alternative,” the vocals state amidst glimmering organs and a steady percussive pit-pattering; this refrain proves hypnotic in its spoken-word stylishness and brightly enveloping keys.

The “power to the people!” melodic shift proves wholly infectious, diversifying in the “give us back our sovereignty,” plea. “No Alternative” is a gripping output from Faron Sage, providing valuable insight amidst the memorably idiosyncratic stylistic direction.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 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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