In this edition of our song of the week feature The Mixed-Tape the spotlight turns to the Hard Ground’s new single ‘Belles and Beaux’.
From the deep howl of harmonic texture that slithers its way into the background of ‘Belles and Beaux’ to the pulsing bass line that ominously pushes the recording forward, the vast sonic spectrum that underlines the overarching mood of the Hard Ground’s latest E.P Triptych: One is established within these opening flourishes.
Interwoven with a nuanced sense of depth, the simmering, far-reaching landscape of screeching melodies that ebb and flow their way into focus give weight and support to the boundless body of sound that rises above it.
Delivered with an engrossing performance that pulls the attention within the large-scale production of ‘Belles and Beaux’, Marlene Enright’s vocal breaks through the pounding sonic tapestry to provide an intimate, up-close dimension to the Hard Ground’s music. This blending of aspects and sculpting of sound allows for the group to build the tension dynamically in the song’s all-encompassing finale, while never feeling overblown or out of focus.
A band with a sound that is simply engrossing, the beauty, atmosphere and sheer scope of the Hard Ground’s music is perfectly captured within the sudden twist and turns of ‘Belles and Beaux’s constantly evolving soundscape. Whether it be the echoing scene setting mood of the tracks’ opening or the powerful harmonic clash of the recording’s crescendo the group’s latest single captures their broadening stylistic leanings in a way that feels natural. The brilliance of the Hard Ground’s latest output cannot be overstated. Stunning.
It is for these reasons that ‘Belles and Beaux’ by the Hard Ground is this week’s addition to The Mixed-Tape. The single and it’s parent E.P Triptych: One are out now. To read the previous additions to the feature click here.