Alex Runo has released a striking minimalistic video for his exceptional blues/soul single Devil. And both are pure fire (video contains flashing images).
It’s the epitome of a modern blues/soul single.
The visual styling fits perfectly with his raw, bare, hand-built sound where emotions are completely exposed. It’s the epitome of a modern blues/soul single.
Currently listed on Youtube as ‘Epic Rock’, Devil contains far more subtle details than raging, electric guitars chords. Devil skilfully intertwines melancholy blues harmonies and deep soul extracted vocal tones with a cinematic scale production. The chorus is undoubtedly epic.
Powerful in musicality, Alex’s use of gospel and religion permeates the lyrics as he pleads – a broken man seeking redemption.
/ Lord, I’ve been righteous – trying to be good /
/ When temptation came a knocking /
/ I did the very best I could /
/ Oh, Devil – I did not stand a chance /
The Devil and the blues have a history together.
The origins of the blues and the Devil go back to Robert Johnson, regarded by many as the blues’ father.
According to the myth, the young bluesman desperately longed for fame and fortune. At the stroke of midnight, Robert walked to the crossroads at Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Reciting an ancient incantation, he called upon the Devil to make his deal. In return, his guitar playing became astounding, and many described it as unreal.
One could believe Swedish artist Alex Runo has been there too. This single is so goddamned good. It has to be the Devils work!
Easily a ‘track of the year’ contender.