By Seth Lakeman
The new single from Seth Lakeman's album 'Freedom Fields', The White Hare, is a softly swaying folk ballad. Beautifully crafted to juxtapose twinkling riffs and gentle strums of the guitar, this song in no way suffers from the lack of Lakeman's trademark violin. The minimalist instrumentation serves to highlight his delicate vocals as they progress from whispering tenderness to the vibrato of an earnest serenade.
The romantically ambiguous lyrics conjure scenes of pastoral landscape and stoical reflection. Lakeman's traditional folk metaphors create a sense of nostalgia that perfectly compliments the wistful melody. No one masters the genre of popular folk as well as this, and 'The White Hare' is the apex of a breathtaking album.