The song opens with McGovern’s achingly beautiful voice. His unique deep tones give way to heavy, daydreaming Americana, intertwined with haunting folk sensibilities and rich blues notes. The result is reminiscent of Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.
Regarding the single McGovern says, “I was first inspired to write ‘The Devil Below Me’ as a response to change in my life. The song itself is a tale of past conflicts and a study of myself. It is very personal to me, it reflects on my family tree and past mistakes. I wanted to create something that represented the contrast in people’s lives, something people could relate to on a deeper level. The recording process was very special for me, I had the honour of recording at Retreat Studios where Nick Cave recently recorded a large portion of ‘Skeleton Tree’.”
McGovern has received early support from BBC Introducing, and is proving to be a big live draw. He provides a raw new energy for UK singer/songwriters, delivering beautifully enticing songs of eerie intimacy.