Slaughter Beach, Dog, the melancholy folk-rock project led by Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald, contributed a new song called “Yellow Teeth” to the COVID-19 relief compilation Don’t Stand So Close To Me back in March. It was the band’s first new song since last year’s phenomenal Safe And Also No Fear. Today they’re sharing their second new song of 2020, again for charitable reasons.
“Fair Shot” captures that same resigned ennui and graceful melodic beauty that made last year’s album such a gem. “Now all the day our hairs turn gray, Earth moves painfully slow,” Ewald sings. “We all get one fair shot, but I think that I forgot if mine came and went long ago.” Yet this one seems focused on concerns specific to this year. Ewald begins with a scene that has become familiar in the social distancing: “Under the sun I hear my sister in the street call out to me/ They pulled the car by close so she could see her family.” And it ends on a tragic note that really sneaks up on you given the music’s loose, sighing sway.
Today Bandcamp is again forgoing its share of sales, and Slaughter Beach, Dog are redirecting all proceeds from “Fair Shot” Philly Bail Fund. Hear and buy the song below, and check out our recent interview with Ewald while you’re at it.