Song of the Day, June 9: Steal Away by Oysterband

OysterbandDiamondStealToday’s song is Steal Away from Oysterband’s latest release, Diamonds On the Water. Re-energized by their recent collaboration with June Tabor, the Oysters turned out one of the finest discs of their long, illustrious career. More mature and reflective, its power is quiet and stirring more often than energetic. This works amazingly well as the band turn out a dozen strong tracks in a diverse but cohesive flow.

The standout is the penultimate track. Steal Away is a beautiful meditation on the redemptive power of darkness and solitude. Assuring us that there is no need to fear the dark, singer John Jones turns in one of his warmest vocals. The band are tighter than ever, building slowly through the verses and supporting Jones’ growing determination. It’s perfectly constructed and moving from start to finish.

Enjoy this amazing song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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