TRACK REVIEW: Beccy Owen & The Refuge – Safety First | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Delivered as an audio and visual collective, Safety First – a piece of music which supports a collection of unedited and vulnerable responses from women who expressed their experiences of gender-based violence – is difficult to review only as a piece of music once you’ve felt the full impact of the audio and visual production; but let’s try.

Layered with gentle drums, piano and glockenspiel, Safety First finds Beccy Owen in powerful voice and intent as she sings over a soaring jazz textured piece of art expressionism. Hooked with its John Densmore style of drumming, Safety First pops heavy with a serious message and strong instrumental background. Overall, it’s a great piece of jazz experimentation which becomes really effective when attached to the accompanying video. Be sure to seek it out.


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