Freelance music Journalism
MOURNING A BLKSTAR
Written By: Fancy Fish Tales
Mourning [A] BLKstar, a Cleveland-based collective of old souls, bringing forth timeless energy
and auric impressions. Their musical messaging is earnest, heartfelt, and meaningful. They
exhibit pertinent levels of awareness and emotional cognizance. "The Cycle" leads us through
seasons of the self, carried easily by strong vocals and complemented with thoughtful
background harmonies. Fortified with pieces of historical social commentary that reflect current
times. The group sings the songs of their hearts, fans the fire in their bellies, and invites
evolution of the mind.
"If I Can If I May," opens the album with finger-snapping, foot-tapping rhythms. Voices rich with
sweaty, smoky, middle of the night slow-grinding vibes. Mourning does not keep their pain to
hide, but instead carries it in their breast pockets and billfolds. The track "Sense of an Ending,” they
whip it slow and bring it home. The vertigo beat switch puts us riding shotgun with Sis, a familiar
feminine energy that counsels us to "never love alone". Whether they are vocalizing about
yearning to be "the lover you need, not the one you don't see," or "dealing with alotta shit,” the
contralto drawls over pulsing beats and the soprano soars relentlessly.
"Debtors" permeates a lovely, almost operatic resonance, while "Where They at" gives
unplugged jam session live. Within the organic atmosphere that their music creates, BLKstar
soulfully shoos the devil away, rebelliously calls the powers that be out on their shit, and unifies
us by exploring relatable, universal challenges.
"The Cycle" is an album that invites you to feel. To be courageous enough to navigate the
innermost crevices of the heart and embrace the triumph in survival and experience.
Reconnecting with a power that will always be there. Bend ya ear to it.
Devil get Behind me
January 26, 2021