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a tyrant and lamb, Saul Conrad’s third studio album, draws ten crystalline songs into a tight orbit around a haunted country sun. Gently interrogating the lifelong echoes of cruel words, unpredictable outbursts and deep-set affection–if you love someone, kill their family in their mind, and set them free– a tyrant and lamb, constructs, from the ligaments of childhood wonder and searing disappointment, a mature musculature into which each listener must step and learn anew how it feels to walk.
Saul Conrad’s songwriting may not strive to erase discord or pain, but perhaps gives us a new means of interpreting the mechanism of our troubled minds.
a tyrant and lamb attempts something that few seem willing to try in this time, a time that makes it a challenge to devote oneself to the necessary extent, “to become a spy” for an ideal beyond what society necessarily prizes most highly.
Cool review of a tyrant and lamb by Naysayer for KFJC
“Saul Conrad’s album “A Tyrant and Lamb” out on Cavity Search is a current day balladeers collection of love won and lost, life in general and specific. Being on Cavity Search, home of Elliot Smith, think of the great suicidal musician and you understand why Conrad fits in so neatly. Reminiscent of Smith and Neil Young but unique in his way. I’m a sucker for the off key voice that cracks on high notes. It feels lonely yet comfortable. Simple rhymes in poetic rich lyrics set in the country. Imagery of the landscape connects to the characters’ emotional state. It’s been done before, of course, but Conrad does it so well. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic: stand up piano, acoustic guitar, drums. It’s mostly slow or medium paced and kind of quiet. Sittin’ on the porch. The production makes some of the songs sound dusty, echoey, tapping into memory filled with specifics yet vagaries. It’s not country music. It’s more easy listening like Smith is or more how easy listening should sound or how KFJC would want easy listening to sound. You have to think when you listen to this stuff. It doesn’t always give you an easy answer but somehow it is understood.”