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2022-09-08T13:21:24.000Z
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Jake Blount - "The Downward Road" (ft. Demeanor) (Official Audio)
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Listen to the official audio of "The Downward Road" featuring Demeanor from Jake Blount's upcoming Smithsonian Folkways album, 'The New Faith'. "'The Downward Road' was the proving ground for much of the sonic experimentation on 'The New Faith.' I think these were the first vocal harmonies I ever recorded - and definitely the first fiddle solo. My co-producer, Brian Slattery, used this track to show me how to put percussion loops together. We wound up re-recording harmonies, fiddles and percussion as we learned to perform the parts better and get better sounds with our home recording rigs. Demeanor threw some incredible verses on it. 'The Downward Road' was the first song we began to work on for this release, and the last one we finished - and it does a better job than any other track at encapsulating the backstory behind The New Faith." - Jake Blount 'The New Faith' is available September 23, 2022, on CD and digital. The LP version will be available in late 2022/early 2023. Pre-order/stream: Smithsonian Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu/jake-blount/the-new-faith Bandcamp: https://jakeblountmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-faith All other platforms: https://orcd.co/jake-blount-the-new-faith 'The New Faith' tells an Afrofuturist story set in a far-future world devastated by climate change. Jake Blount and his collaborators embody a group of Black climate refugees as they perform a religious service, invoking spirituals that are age-old even now, familiar in their content but extraordinary in their presentation. These songs, which have seen Black Americans through countless struggles, bind this future community together and their shared past; beauty and power held in song through centuries of devastation, heartbreak, and loss. Lyrics: Now look at our old wicked fathers, Thought they were doin' mighty well But when they come to find out They done made up a bed in hell Now the downward road is Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Gather round, gather round, Lo, I've seen what the trickster hid! Hear the sound of a king tryna get it The water rising, surrounding everybody that's in it And little Silas wanna come home All he got is a cot that he drum on Whole family poor, he was taught not to run from it When you come from it And the king ain't never alone, A feeling Silas thought that he never would know The king mean, said he homegrown That his upbringing showed him it all, it's nothing he don't know The water rose, but he a old soul He feel like he seen everything He been outside like a evergreen As for Silas, he just want a chance The king got the means to, but he don't wanna ask Silas got over and took over, the same king in the story Still running from his past Now look at my old grasping ruler, Thought he was doin' mighty well But when he come to find out He done made up a bed in hell Well the downward road is Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Gather round, gather round, Lo, I've seen what the trickster hid In a town where a means to a end would amount to a piece of the pie Joe and Louie like peas in a pod, they wanna even the odds They heard about the water rising Made a plan to take advantage, had to enterprise it Saw an opportunity, Louie was set, as soon as Joey said it's a bet. We can sell a boat, and can sell a boatload more for sure If we never settle the debt, lo and behold and nevertheless, The water rose Probably shoulda known the quickest thing that would sink The irony is, is probably a pot of gold By the end the means made the man, the sin, the pain, When it's too late to do what you can Ain't no making amends, the king know He bought one of them boats, too, the king though Now look at us, my wicked brothers We think we're doing mighty well, But when we come to find out We done made up a bed in Children, the downward road is Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Crowded, crowded, crowded Crowded, Lord, believe it's so Jake Blount: https://jakeblount.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notjacobnotblunt/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jake.m.blount/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/forked_queer TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@jake.m.blount?lang=en Smithsonian Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolkwaysrecordings Twitter: https://twitter.com/Folkways Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/smithsonianfolkways/ Support our work! Become a Friend of Folkways: https://folkways.si.edu/friends-of-folkways The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (www.si.edu/copyright). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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3 min 37 sec
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