Obscure Sound blog

  1. The fantastic “Release Me” is a stirring track from Bayleigh Cheek. The Dallas-based singer/songwriter was a solo musician from 2015 to 2018, at which point the project turned into a band. “Release Me” is a very strong introduction, with suavely smoky vocals captivating from the get-go. A buzzing backing synth pairs with the vocals to […]

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  2. Creeping strings, a thumping bass, and flashes of woodwinds usher an enthralling intro to “Do You Dream At All,” an engrossing new track from Matt Nice & The Derls. The California-based act craft a uniquely effective mood here. Strings and vocals combine for a spine-chilling, eerily consuming quality — reminiscent of Timber Timbre. There’s a […]

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  3. Albon is the project of singer/songwriter Alexander B. Lappin, based in Los Angeles and originally from Chicago. Newly released track “Kids On Fire” touts a melodic, spirited sound that reminds fondly of The New Pornographers and AC Newman. The catchy guitar-driven sections build nicely alongside the spacey synth touches through the two-minute mark. The track […]

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  4. “Past in the Present” is a dreamy track that recalls the ethereal new-wave of The Church and The Go-Betweens. Fellow Australian artist Stan Brian shows adeptness at crafting a consuming, nostalgic soundscape from the get-go — with trickling keys, moody guitars, and contemplative bass accompanying a forlorn vocal presence. The “need you here, need you […]

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  5. “Made It All The Way to San Francisco” is a suave, chugging rocker from Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit. The subtle creeping of organs just past the one-minute mark reminds fondly of Nick Cave. Thereafter, a scorching guitar solo affirms the track’s consuming qualities. “After extensive touring over the years, this song touches on […]

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