Obscure Sound blog

  1. We’re excited to premiere “Skylights,” a striking track from rising Oakland-based artist Jaz Clemente. Stabs of synths and guitars start it off alongside Jaz’s suave vocals, evoking swanky ’70s synth-funk with yearning R&B vibes and a touch of disco. The “sunrise” hook is tranquilly infectious, reminding me of some Super Furry Animals material. Lyrically, per […]

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  2. The gorgeous “Flawed Men” is a just-released track from Owen Duff, the London-based singer/songwriter who impressed previously with the track “You Amaze Me.” “Flawed Men” is a greater showcase of Duff’s stunning, sonorous vocals and a more focused lyrical theme, which Owen explains in detail below. There’s an emotional build-up starting around 01:30, culminating in […]

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  3. Gangplans are a production duo from Echo Park (Los Angeles) with a tendency for bright, electronic-driven pop that features other emerging artists. Their latest track, “Holdin’ On” is a lush mover that features the vocals of East Side Los Angeles resident Nick Schneider (who has worked with Nicolas Jaar). Per Gangplans, the track was produced […]

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  4. “Take Your Leave” is a striking track released today from David Alexandr, whose soul-infused vein of pop is immaculately melodic and suave. The North London-born artist combines classic pop influences, such as Michael Jackson and John Legend, with the electro-neo-soul grooves of newer artists, such as James Blake, Honne, and Tom Misch. I also detect […]

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  5. The Rungs are a Brooklyn-based act that show a moody, yearning synth-led pop sound on new track “King of Books.” Per the act, the track “captures that moment in a toxic relationship when the rose colored glasses are lifted.” The vocal repetition of “you’re no good for me,” works with rewarding hypnotic effect over synths […]

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