words: Michael Brooks
Katherine Paul, the brains behind Black Belt Eagle Scout, just might be the indie rock equivalent of Wade Boggs. Boggs, who won 5 batting titles and recorded over 3,000 career hits, is widely regarded as one of the greatest contact hitters of all time. “Indians Never Die”, from her new album Mother Of My Children, is the product of a skilled contact hitter; instead of swinging for the fences Paul knocks a blooper into right field, a delicate slice of awe-inspiring rock that revels in its own consistency.
Being a great contact hitter requires patience, one of Paul’s greatest strengths as a songwriter. The bare bones instrumental is cinematic in scope, sounding like a Friday Night Lights OST B-side or a dystopian future Julien Baker. Bursting with emotion, the hushed arrangement is formidable, allowing the verses to speak volumes without ever raising above a murmur. The simplicity and repetition of Paul’s vocals are engrossing, striking the perfect balance of beauty and darkness. “Indians Never Die” is the calm before the storm, a brief moment of quiet right as the clouds roll in.
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