Macabre Americana Release Soulful Folk Single "Maxine"
In case you’d forgotten, we are happy to be hosting Macabre Americana on a single tour of sorts this year — we’ll be covering one new single from the band every month because we think what they’re doing is important and we want you to know about it.
Last month we covered the Americana band’s first single of the new year, “American Train,” a powerful folk narrative told with major dark-country vibes. Today, Macabre Americana have released “Maxine,” an addictive composition begging for a theater adaptation. It’s the kind of sunny, sparkling, three-part harmony number you’d watch play out on stage by dozens of talented performers. This is part of Macabre Americana’s magic — not only can they seamlessly transition from genre to genre, but they do it from the mind of a dramaturge. “Maxine,” specifically, abounds with histrionic flair.
“Maxine” opens with a groovy bass line followed by a quick smash of percussion rolling in layers before Macabre’s signature harmony comes in. Each voice is strong and clear like a bell, holding note stretches and breathing life into an arrangement that doesn’t seem like it needs anymore, considering how fresh and rich it is, but life is what Macabre bring to everything. Throughout the track, new moments of rhythm are added here and there — we get the shimmer of tambourine, fast-paced acoustic strums, the plink of keys keeping the pace, all elements designed to flavor a robust soundscape of jangling folk fueled by heart and soul.
Beyond the music, though, is the message. Like all of Macabre’s work, it touches on history, thoughtfully peeling back the layers of our American past to shine a light on people, professions, and moments that make a difference. “Maxine” is a sweet ode to journalists everywhere, says Macabre Americana, recognizing the great responsibility they bear as writers sworn to uncover the truth… which is exactly what the band accomplishes with every release.
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