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Da Fé, Blake’s musical manifesto for activism, literally speaks “of faith.” But don’t mistake that for blind belief. Hope for a better future isn’t possible without keen awareness of the flawed present, and Blake’s music—never naïve, embracing angst and doubt—reflects a high-level understanding of that fact. Gravitas and grave danger are in the picture right from the start, as Carmen Staaf’s piano is engulfed in a foreboding sandstorm on “Prologue – A New Normal.” That performance lasts for little more than three minutes, but its importance can’t be overstated. In essence, it serves as an entryway into a world of great concern and an art imbued with intensity.