Blake Red’s “The Darkness” Channels PJ Harvey and Poe in the Best Ways Possible

As a child of the 80s, I truly developed my musical tastes in the 90s. While underground music in the punk, ska, and hardcore varieties dominated much of my heavy rotation, hip hop and alternative music always had strong representation, as well. Amongst the angstier alternative artists I enjoyed were always chick rockers PJ Harvey and Poe, as well as female fronted bands like Garbage and Veruca Salt. While I can’t say I listen to alot of 90s alternative these days, nor have I followed artists like PJ Harvey in recent years… Blake Red may change that.

Red’s ferocity and raw power in her single “The Darkness” reminds me of exactly why I fell for the music of artists like Harvey. There’s a wonderful blend of beauty and edge, or distortion and clarity, that somehow feels different than male alt-rock counterparts. The ability to have that rock roll power while still having a feminine touch makes tracks like “The Darkness” a step above what so many of the male alternative artists have put out. Blake Red has that certain “it” factor that made the 90s female alt-rockers that I feel for something special. In other words, Red is a special artist, not just on “The Darkness” but beyond.

The stripped down and simple music video for the song is exactly what it needs. A few added elements for style and it hits all the right notes. Check it out below and grab the EP it’s from at Bandcamp.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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