From the first inkling of a guitar to the last intonation of a lyric, Alex Bleeker’s newest track is the kind of pleading, desperate tale that could easily shake the most hopeful of romantics. When Bleeker’s crooning voice echos "don't look back on the way we met / don't look back at me now / don't retract all the things you've said / don't back out on me," it comes across as nothing short of haunting, a last chance effort to keep just a shred of self respect. “Don’t Look Down” maintains a great deal of the careening, rambling but nonetheless timeless nature that made Bleeker’s self-titled debut so intriguing. On this, his sophomore effort and first album since 2009, it feels like Bleeker is finally the star of the show, no longer content to hide behind the noise but ready to showcase his jam band aesthetics and personal stories.
How Far Away is out May 28th on Woodsist and features a revolving door of “freaks” including Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, Real Estate’s Jackson Pollis and Woods’ Jarvis Tanviere.
Track of the Day: Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - "Don't Look Down"
Erik Burg Monday, February 18, 2013