Out of Richmond, Virginia, Justin Black fronts a band called Saw Black, and his voice nearly always rips your heart out (or gives you a good chuckle). A new song called “Hardly Anyway” firmly saddles in the former category, a lo-fi weeper that stings the heart.
“Are you still living in the valley / Haven’t heard about you in years / I been driving ‘round here / With nowhere to go / Sometimes I wonder how you are,” he sings. His plaintive musings are nover undercooked or overwrought; somehow, he perfectly navigates overwhelming loneliness and emotional urgency with ease.
Listen to “Hardly Anyway” below.