Toby Singer :: "Hard Beast"
Recalling a cleaned up Nick Drake or a scrubbed Elliot Smith, Toby Singer chases down the same acoustic wide-screen pop that seems so well suited to sync with film. "Hard Beast" is built on the back of a tiny acoustic guitar progression, Singer's voice lilting out in some pleasant combination of firm and weak. Producers of independent film take notice of the chorus, the kind of the thing that should suitably end up in a trailer beside a pensive next-generation Gordon-Levitt or a vastly-improved Zach Braff. Singer repeats the chorus until it is a well-worn hook, the title lyric very nearly an analog for "heart beat", as the song moves methodically to its small and valuable conclusions, "the feature film is starting, give my regards to them all".