Born of the American zeitgeist, as well as the personal experiences of Blackbird and de Man, Heart Hunter's American Eclipse is simultaneously a deeply personal and overtly political album. But even in the album’s more personal moments, Heart Hunters don’t shy away from what they see as their responsibility to confront injustice.
“The Good Fight” offers another striking blend of the personal and political, indulging the dream of jackhammering parking lots and tearing down dilapidated strip malls and big-box stores in an effort to reclaim communities, trading the evils of suburban sprawl for vibrant gardens, carbon sinks, and dedicated green spaces. It’s sort of an inversion of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” “People need a place where they can recover from the suffering and alienation of urban capitalism by loving the land,” Blackbird says.
The married Blackbird and de Man often trade lead vocal duties between verses when not singing in gorgeous two-part harmony. Sonically, the record ranges from sparse acoustic folk songs to epic anthems featuring lush string sections. While the subject matter may be heavy, the melodic progressions of these songs are quite the opposite, creating a clever balance with catchy hooks, bright production flourishes, and oft-dark lyricism. These are potent tunes--picked out on old guitars and upright bass, doused with pedal steel and sparkling with harmony.
New video for "The Good Fight" is a rocking folk tune led by an Eastern-inspired melodic string section. Paired with a rocking drum beat, bright acoustic guitars, and witty lyricism, this song is sure to get stuck in your head. Thematically, it's a take on original sin and the urbanization of America--"The Good Fight" being an effort to return to a simple, agrarian lifestyle.