REVIEW album Near Death Experience (NDX) Lord (Single)

NDX Deliver A Rousing Modern-day Spiritual For A COVID Christmas

Lord is psychedelic rock'n'soul band Near Death Experience's third soulful, uplifting single in six months – to help offset pandemic gloom. Opening with driving acoustic guitar and a beautiful chiming electric lead line, Lord is a modern-day spiritual that evolves into a rousing choral anthem.

The low register verse and soaring chorus display singer Ian Whiteling’s impressive range, with Bill Marten hypnotising with his warm wandering lead guitar. Meanwhile, Near Death Experience (NDX) rhythm section – bassist Amar Grover and drumsmith Mike Sarjeant – wrap Lord in an irresistible slow groove that guides the song to a climactic organ-filled crescendo.

Lord was inspired by NDX's rehearsal space, the beautifully restored St Mary’s Church in Ealing, London. Searching for words to lay over a new chord run the band had started jamming, Whiteling began singing through an old order of service left open on the lectern. With a few tweaks, Lord was born.

A rare gem of a Christmas song, Lord confirms NDX as real contenders on the soulful, funky indie rock scene. All in all a very merry NDXmas!