For City and Colour fans who did not see “Fragile Bird” coming, Dallas Green and company’s forthcoming album might have put forth somewhat of a scare. The electric guitar played to that extent on one of his songs has been unheard of thus far in his solo career, and while it was well-received by most, there were some seeds of doubt sown along with it. The new album, Little Hell, is slated for a June 7th release date and preorders just became available, but that isn’t all. With news of the pre-order Green put out a new song called “Northern Wind.” To die-hard fans the song is already somewhat familiar, having made a short appearance on the show One Tree Hill, giving us a sneak peek.
There is good news for any of you skeptical City and Colour fans, as this song is classic Dallas. The song is centered on his vocals and his guitar, just how everyone came to love Dallas Green and his solo moniker. He delivers a soft and sincere vocal performance throughout the song, very reminiscent of his previous record Bring Me Your Love. There is, however, a subtle addition that he has never done before: there are ambient strings in the background. The strings are not by any means extravagant, nor do they take away from the mood Green is trying to create with the song; in fact, they enhance it tenfold. The strings are a welcome addition to City and Colour’s arsenal and if “Northern Wind” is any indication towards the quality it adds to one of his songs, I predict that they will be used in the future as well.
With both of these songs bringing something new to the table from City and Colour, it is pretty safe to say that Dallas left no stone unturned with this album. It is really exciting to see an artist create in such a way. Green is putting together one of the most anticipated folk albums of the year, and judging by what’s out already, a heavy contender for this year’s best. Take a listen to the song on the City and Colour Soundcloud embed above.