There are some songs that immediately grasp your attention. However, Sam Wickens’, ‘Ravens and Crows’, is a ballad that not only hooks you straight away but is so hauntingly beautiful, the thirst for more is immense. The singer-songwriter has sublime vocals comparable to that of the incredible Jeff Buckley and writes powerful, poetic music that is enough to move mountains, let alone the human soul.
‘Ravens and Crows’ uses metaphors and delicate description to depict heartbreak in its purest form. Laced between dramatic, yet soft instrumentation, Wickens’ voice is a light in the darkness; revealing the grace in accepting anguish. His rawness and utter emotional clarity have stunningly transformed pain into beauty; creating a piece of music that awakens your inner passion. It is hard not to fall in love with his storytelling; narrating small, seemingly insignificant things, only to then draw back to reveal the bigger picture.
His rawness and utter emotional clarity have stunningly transformed pain into beauty; creating a piece of music that awakens your inner passion
The song itself begins emphatically but pulls back to allow Wickens’ vocals the space to weave deep into your conscience. The rough, but gentle voice is entwined between melancholic cello, delicate keys, and striking drums; reaching a climax with the final chorus. One listen is not enough, as the artist has left the perfect gaps for you to fill with your own experience.
Who are you thinking of?
‘Ravens and Crows’ is a mournful tribute to the poetic art moulded from pain, a breath-taking piece of music from a very talented up and coming artist.