Wendy Rae Fowler – This Is Not A Love Song (Ghost Rhythm Records)

Wendy Rae Fowler – This Is Not A Love Song (Ghost Rhythm Records)

Ahead of album Warped Resurrection acclaimed singer-songwriter Wendy Rae Fowler releases sinister lullaby This Is Not A Love Song on her own Ghost Rhythm Records.

Wendy Rae FowlerArtist: Wendy Rae Fowler
Track: This Is Not A Love Song
Label: Ghost Rhythm Records
Released: 10 September 2021
Find it: Bandcamp | Spotify

Through the steam of the night, between the shadows and the shapes of gnarled trees and fingers of fern, among the dancing lights and the inky sky, the storm rises. The sultry and powerful imagery This Is Not A Love Song from Wendy Rae Fowler evokes is captivating, dreamy yet sinister. A dark lullaby loaded with enchantment and vengeful promise.

Becoming the personification of the oncoming storm the track is built from tribal beats, Americana riffs, and hazy swathes of backing vocals. Above it all comes the distinctive vocal, loaded with the surety of sovereignty – this song can solidify your own resolve, or destroy you but you’ll never be quite sure which.

Of the track Fowler said, “This is Not A Love Song started out as a lullaby, an homage to a loved one but evolved into something far more sinister. Grief churns up a slew of emotions, and in the middle of the storm the focus changed from love to vengeance.”  

While you might think you’re not familiar with Fowler’s music its likely you’ve head her work and influence without realising it. Not only have her tracks been featured across film and TV, she wrote and performed the theme tune for The KIlling, and has collaborated or contributed to tracks from Queens Of The Stone Age, Mark Lanegan, and Eagles of Death Metal.

With album Warped Resurrection on the way this single starts to build the world it sits in. On This Is Not A Love Song that world is where rhythm pounds out with strength, and melody weaves subtly but confidently through, vocals soar, and lyrically the trance of lullaby cadence locks you in to the track. Alluring and mighty this is a single not to be missed.

This Is Not A Love Song by Wendy Rae Fowler is out digitally now via Ghost Rhythm Records. Album Warped Resurrection follows on 5 November 2021 and is available for order.

Find Wendy Rae Fowler: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Spotify | Bandcamp

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