“The miracle of change lies within your heart / I wanna lift you up” declare Thee Holy Brothers in their new single “Lift You Up,” the stomp of the percussion channeling their emphasis of the words brilliantly. As sterling as these verses are on paper, they’ve got an added kick you won’t be able to get out of your head in this song and its music video, the latter of which uses the track to support an inspiring collection of protest imagery more thought-provoking than most would expect. There have never been times like those we’re living in today, and these times have inspired a new wave of unifying songs like this one disconnected from political satire in the name of creating real change.
With its bluesy strut as a centerpiece for expressiveness, “Lift You Up” doesn’t allow for us to evade the anthemic nature of its rhythm; truth be told, it uses its groove to get our attention right out of the gate. Thee Holy Brothers are all about the thrust of the beat in this performance, using the percussive component of the song to mimic a march towards freedom still very much in motion as you read this music review.
I absolutely love how single the melodies in “Lift You Up” are, and I think that the minimalistic aspects of the composition are reflective of this act’s skillset as much as they amplifying of the emotion behind the narrative. It definitely does more to advance the mood than any level of pomp or artificiality in the master mix would have, and had Thee Holy Brothers not realized this ahead of time, I don’t know that they would have been able to release the sort of landmark declaration of kinship with the civil rights movement that they have in this single/video combo.
“Lift You Up” is everything its title would suggest it is plus a little extra, and if you’ve been wanting a pick-me-up amidst the trying hour of the nightly news, it could be just what you need to get through the winter season. Thee Holy Brothers weren’t an act that I was familiar with ahead of hearing this track for the first time just the other day, but in a period where music and revolution are truly walking forth hand in hand, theirs is a style and attention to detail that we need to see and hear a lot more of in the mainstream.
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