James Bruce Moore’s Powerful “Refugee” Casts Light on Innocents Fleeing From Syria
His voice sounds broken, weary from wounded emotions. Canadian singer/songwriter James Bruce Moore captures the fear and sadness of a “Refugee” in his latest single, a heartfelt and heartbreaking narrative that illustrates an often politicized topic headlining news programs today. As various parties argue left and right, Moore rips away the partisanship and makes it personal, writing from the perspective of innocent people simply fleeing from random death and widespread violence in their homeland.
The disconsolate tone of Moore’s vocals is the soul of the song, echoing the pain and confusion of the protagonist. “The world’s crashing down on me, literally and figuratively,” Moore sings with a brooding croon. “I had nothing to do with it, just being born, just being me.” Powerful words which strike at the issue’s core. There is no happy ending here; the story is as unresolved as it is in real life.
Musically, “Refugee” continues Moore’s exploration of Americana, folk, and soft rock; however, Moore expands his creative vision by incorporating elements of world music. The sitar is especially a nice touch. Eric St-Laurent’s galloping riffs and Ben Wittman’s urgent drums adds sonic depth to an already quietly devastating track.