by MythofRock

Federale’s latest single, “Heaven Forgive Me”, stands out as a masterful blend of influences. The Portland-based collective weaves together the essence of Spaghetti Western music and Ennio Morricone, the evocative storytelling of Lee Hazelwood and the dark allure of Nick Cave, all with a hint of Chris Isaak’s raw edge. This music endeavor results in a truly unique experience, one that few artists dare to explore. Federale showcase all their boldness and creativity, as they fearlessly delve into the realms of ghostly, ominous atmospheres, while simultaneously crafting music that is profoundly moving, sensual and evocative. Their ability to channel such a diverse array of influences into a cohesive and immersive sound is really remarkable. Vocalist Collin Hegna and his talented ensemble of musicians are our guides, our compass in this compelling voyage. With “Heaven Forgive Me,” Hegna masterfully taps into the post-punk aesthetics reminiscent of bands like The Church, Pink Turns Blue and The Mission, infusing the track with a palpable sense of nostalgia and intrigue. From the melancholic melodies to the ethereal instrumentation, “Heaven Forgive Me” envelops the listener in its atmospheric embrace, stirring the soul. It’s the band’s artistic prowess, its sonic vision that makes the difference. With this single, Federale proves once again why they differ from the others as one of the most compelling and innovative bands in the contemporary music scene. Check this single and get ready for the full album.

♦ 8/10

Dimitris Zacharopoulos

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