Tragedy brings us together
In times of absolute hopelessness and heartache, music is one of the few things people can take comfort in. With a low, folksy vocal style that sounds like a young Leonard Cohen, Kevin Morby, the former bassist of the folk rock outfit Woods, croons about issues that have been plaguing the modern world, namely police violence and terrorism. Bleeding with compassion for those affected by various tragedies, “Beautiful Strangers” urges us to not let to perpetrators of these crimes make us live in fear. Morby sticks to his folk roots with the instrumentals, reminiscent of the instrumental style of Jack Johnson, using slow, simple acoustic guitar strums, handheld drums thwacks, and a steady, low-profile bassline.