One of the favourite tracks I “discovered” last year, the Crumb Brothers’ “Seat in the Kingdom” exudes perfection. The vocals are delivered by the band’s 10-year-old singer, “Sugar,” are absolutely unbelievable. I love the way the guitar comes in at the end of Sugar’s sermonizing: stuttering and seemingly off time until the rest of the band storms in and the riff fits in perfectly. The band calls forth a sound halfway between a mythological, swampy juke joint, and the idealized image of a rocking, gospel congregation. Above it all, Sugar’s vocals attain ragged perfection. At a mere two minutes and thirty seconds, “Seat in the Kingdom” deserves to be put on repeat.
The Crumb Brothers, “Seat in the Kingdom”
This song is available on Mississippi Record’s excellent compilation, Life is a Problem.