Los Angeles based producer and soundtrack artist Defoe has branched out in the last few years in to concentrate on her own musical vision. She hasn’t left her cinematic career completely behind however as you can tell from listening to The Road To El Paso
The song is a perfect companion piece for Folsom Prison Blues, not only in terms of the lyrical content, but also the mood. A reflection on the ordinariness of awful deeds and what drives us to them, as it captures how we can regret not the act itself, but its consequences.
Musically the country tones are a perfect fit for the lyrics and Defoe’s Cohenesque phrasing, the latter coming though both vocally and in the subtle Tex-Mex tones of the arrangement. Love can be the death of us, and sometimes of someone else. And sometimes the death of love itself. That’s a lot of ideas to get in to a four-minute song, but Defoe manages to do so with poise and a quiet but forceful passion.
Defoe describes the song about the dark turns a woman can take when protecting her child, and that sense of a story being told, part warning and part reflection, pervades The Road To El Paso like a country music classic.
Defoe’s The Road To El Paso is out now and features on her Too Soon to Cry album. The latter is streaming on Spotify and for more details on how to stream and download the album, check out their Defoe’s social media including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.