LAKOTAH - 'Soldier's Song'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

Last month on the Independent Spotlight, I lauded LAKOTAH for her unique track, ‘Heaven’s Own.’ It was a heavily psychedelic piece, one that had incredible layers of intricacy and a wildly bizarre music video. She’s recently released her follow-up, a shorter, but no less intense song entitled ‘Soldier’s Song - 4th Street Version.’ It’s actually a politically charged track, one with a lot of oomph. Let’s dig right into it and figure out how it stacks up to its predecessor.

‘Soldier’s Song’ is designed to raise awareness about soldiers torn from their families and loved ones during times of conflict and war. It’s featured on the upcoming ‘Refugee Relief Charity Album Project’ by Kathleen Wirt, and the song also is a host to a slew of guest performers. They accent LAKOTAH absolutely splendidly, creating an atmosphere that she owns with intense authority.

Previously, I drew parallels between LAKOTAH and Led Zeppelin. This track, however, is a bit different. If I were to draw a similar line, I’d draw it over to ‘The White Album.’ Those walls of sound and dramatic string sections are so reminiscent of the musings that the Beatles toyed with the later years of their career as a band. It’s also a bit Pink Floyd-ish, in a very good way. LAKOTAH’s epic vocals her defining trademark, and they’re out in full force on ‘Soldier’s Song.’

The instrumentation backing those vocals is equally as eloquent, thus manifesting into a terrific, entirely original experience. The music video is a whole lot better, too, and doesn’t feel as gimmicky as the video for ‘Heaven’s Own’ did. It’s still mostly a hodgepodge of stock footage, but it’s far less kitschy and actually quite poignant. You can spin the track above by watching said music video.

Lyrically, the track is a powerhouse of brief, but effective imagery. I’m happy to report that LAKOTAH’s follow-up to ‘Heaven’s Own’ sends the that former track home packing. It’s the defining highlight of LAKOTAH’s contemporary catalog, and an excellent release worth downloading, especially if doing so will result in supporting refugees with the upcoming relief project it’s featured on.