Former bassist for Woods and singer for Babies, Kevin Morby has been flying solo for four years and has proven to be one of the most captivating artists of the indie folk scene. His latest album, the critically acclaimed Singing Saw, includes majestically sweet folk (“Cut Me Down”) and interludes of smoking rock (“Dorothy”). A talented lyricist, Kevin Morby never forces anything: he is guided by his thinking and his worries about the world. His single “Beautiful Strangers”, released in October 2016, clearly channels Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Nina Simone, all regularly cited by the young Texan as influences. Kevin Morby evokes US police violence and the attacks in Paris and Orlando over a backdrop of enchanting choirs and gentle guitar chords. This six-minute track is a protest song of a type rarely made today: tender, poetic, and full of hope.