Macabre Americana Release Gritty Dark-Folk Single "Black Dog"
If you’ve been sticking with us this year, then you know we’re happily hosting each monthly release from NYC-based band Macabre Americana. We believe in their mission to unveil the dark stories of history.
So far they’ve released singles shedding light on the dark side of the American dream, the strength of truth-seekers, physical and mental abuse, and the healing powers of Mother Earth. Macabre Americana’s release for May is “Black Dog,” a dizzying folk noir single acting as a metaphor for depression. As keyboardist Blake Pfeil says, “Using the urban legend behind Winston Churchill’s depression, ‘Black Dog’ examines the complexities of the mental health crisis this world faces.”
“Black Dog” is through-and-through an eerie, old-school Americana arrangement, but it opens with a high, jarring harmony like a train whistle. Built on the rapid roll of percussion that never ceases — not once — and searing strings heard crying in the distance, “Black Dog” retains its dark energy crowded in shadows. There’s nothing modern about it. There are no great efforts to turn it into an anthemic, accessible song, and that’s okay, because Macabre Americana are so skilled at revisiting the past — with both their stories and their sound. An intense exploration of depression’s claws and speed and teeth, “Black Dog” is sent running on plumes of twangy, outlaw folk.