SAULT — "Safe Within Your Hands"
Good luck trying to find this on Spotify
Longtime readers know that Some Good Songs often veers into “SAULT fan blog” territory. If we’ve spoken in person about music over the last few years, I’ve told you to listen to Sault (and gave you a great starting point, too).
SAULT is not just the best band in existence right now (in your writer’s humble opinion). They’re also one of the hardest-working groups, with 11 albums and an EP released since mid-2019. Last week, the group surprise-released five of those albums for free, only available for five days on WeTransfer (and nowhere else).
These five albums, totaling about four hours of music, range from free-form sketches and jams to full-fledged albums, all in a smattering of genres but centered around the theme of spirituality and, yes, God. Before this turns you away, know that, as a non-believing individual who finds beauty in spirituality, it friggin slaps, as the kids say. SAULT put out some of the best records in the last five, ten, and twenty years, with just as much import placed on lyrics as with the music. (I could go on about how great they are, but I already did several times, so just check the archive, will ya?)
SAULT is not a Christian band in the way Sufjan Stevens is not a Christian artist. Sure, the lyrical content speaks of a power and oneness, but for all, not just a certain sect. Having a song called “We Are Gods” and the overlying message throughout the albums really drives this home. In world that seems to be really trying to beat everyone down at every turn, hearing the band eschew the negative (which they did talk about on prior albums) and embrace the beauty in life and the universe is a nice breath of fresh air we could all use right now.
“Safe Within Your Hands” is one of the many standout tracks on the band’s Untitled (God) LP released last Tuesday. Very gospel influenced (to the point of being “almost gospel”), the song marries the band’s penchant for R&B with a choir taking the lead. YouTube thankfully has the song (and album) past its expiry date, which you can listen to below.