We were blown away to find out that “Elevation” made Fresh On the Net’s “Fresh Faves” last weekend: a batch of great songs, whittled down from approximately 200 to 25 by selected moderators, and then from 25 to 10 by listeners’ votes.  The quality of this group is, if we do say so ourselves, exceptional.  We were honoured to be selected.  You can find Fresh Faves 296 here, where you can listen to all the songs and read a review of each track by Chris Ingram; and you can also read what some voters had to say on the Listening Post.

The intro to Project Blackbird’s Elevation kicks off with a lonely lamenting trumpet and is then infused with kicking drums. There is a then a chunky wedge of synths (reminiscent of Elbow’s opening to Grounds for Divorce) allowing us to slip and slide into this modern protest song. ‘Rise we will, Rise, we will rise’, ‘You will never forget that moment, that morning when you mistook the buds of magnolias for hundreds of sleeping doves about to take flight’. Yet again I am pleased with some delightfully powerful and evocative imagery at play in this band’s songwriting. You can be sure with absolute clarity you can listen as I did with my eyes closed and you are transposed into the image completely.

“Add a dash of funky guitar, a slice of acidic politics and an ambition to raise perception and awareness and you may be closing in on the band’s recipe for success. If the rest of their debut album is anywhere near as good it’ll be a banger, and I don’t mean any old butchers snag. Oh no, I mean a handcrafted beast, served on the best mash, with the richest jus and a side of mustard so strong your nostrils flare with pleasure as your ears pop and your mind twists with pleasure at a tune so lovingly crafted.” (Chris Ingram, 24.09.18)