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Artist Close-Up/ Song Review: Forebear Are Visual Eccentrics

For those, like myself, that believe good music should invoke imagination, Forebear is a perfect band to add to your musical repertoire. Lead singer Scott Goldbaum has a stunning, ethereal range that meets beautifully with the viola plays of band member  Molly Rogers. When you add Mike Muscleman on drums and Nick Chadian on bass you build earthly, melodic roots that rivetingly clash with the celestial nature of their vocals and viola. All this happens in Forbear’s newest song Delroy Lindo.

While most musicians aim to create songs for the moment, Forebear creates songs for a lifetime. The expansive sounds of their newest song, Delroy Lindo, proves that this band sees life like a cinematic experience of which they have been chosen to make the soundtrack. Yet, it seems too easy for this band to capture the idiosyncrasies of life. Just check out the lyrics of Delroy Lindo at the end of the page to see why I am so impressed by them. Not only have they made a song that instrumentally seems composed by Elegance itself, but their words seem written by Life.  

Delroy Lindo  could quickly be placed in an influential poetry, philosophy, or even a self-help book. The lyrics and music are based in the tension of a couple sinking into disappointment. Goldbaum explained, “It’s about two people who moved to the West Coast to be together, only to have the illusion of what they thought waited for them be eaten alive by their false romanticism”. What Millennial or human being, in general, does not know the feeling of a crushed dream. Everyone has experienced entering a situation or a new chapter in your life, truly believing it will be less suffered and even blissful. Thus, I love that Forbear has lyrically targeted a struggle with darkness that we all face but dislike discussing: the lies we tell ourselves.

 The surrealist harmonies and rhythms of Delroy Lindo cruelly contrast the ugliness of personal crisis, bad relationship decisions, and an overall awareness over the choices of darkness stemming from your surroundings and yourself. It is not easy to face a harsh reality, but is lying to yourself a better option? Is it even a realistic one? Click Here for more information on Forebear.

Delroy Lindo
by Forbear
you got caught in the misanthropic 
nihilistic way of interacting with
human nature’s nomenclature
day to day we avoid the topic
who of us is bold enough to call it quits
you are toxic
pack your boxes quick 
before one of us changes their mind again
i want you but in lieu of conversation 
i’ll try to break the silence with a sweet-tooth
teasing your neck
it won’t do you’re the loneliest of nations
I have ever served 
I swore I swore
skinny chap i’m no delroy lindo 
domineering speeches from the driver’s seat
just listen to me when 
i speak clearly in
the tone that makes you forget who i really am
i want you but you gave into someone else 
who sees through your affectionate rage
you have a need to be held without holding back 
to be seen without saving face
i want you but in lieu of conversation 
i’ll try to break the silence with a sweet-tooth
teasing your neck
it won’t do you’re the loneliest of nations
I have ever served 
I swore I swore
i want you but in lieu of conversation 
try to break the silence with a sweet-tooth
teasing your neck
it won’t do you’re the loneliest of nations
I have ever served 
I swore to protect
Produced & Mixed by Eric Lilavois
Mastering by Black Belt Mastering (Seattle, WA)
Recorded at London Bridge Studios (Seattle, WA)