Tanaka – “Bloom”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
A dream-pop mesmerizer with a twinkling, wintry charm, “Bloom” is a gorgeous track from Tanaka, an artist from Cape Town. Written around “themes of nostalgia, love and letting go,” the track presents a sweeping sense of yearning — first evident as the “call my phone, so I’m not alone,” line leads into reflective vocal harmonizing and lush guitar trickles. The standout chorus is wholly replay-inducing, meshing passionate vocals, effervescent synth pulses, and twangy guitar entrancement. A guitar-fronted bridge leads into lush bird-chirping, before the track reprises its mesmerizing central ho ..read more
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Linuss – “Make Me”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
A dreamy pop delight with swooning vocals and glistening keys intertwining with jangly guitars, “Make Me” is a new track from Los Angeles-based artist Linuss, the project of singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Glines (Vues). The first single from Linuss’ upcoming 11-track album Signs, Glines describes “Make Me” as “about a shared dream with a partner, and trying to stay asleep in that dream despite that its stars are burning out.” The effervescent burst of the “oh baby,” escalation sends chills, seamlessly arising from the dreamy composure within the verses. Solemn synth buzzing and subd ..read more
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Radium Jaw – “Eucalyptus”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
Atlanta-based band Radium Jaw waste no time on the captivating rocker “Eucalyptus,” which blasts off into a gorgeous wall of guitar distortion and soaring vocals. A perkier bass bounce and roaring guitar flashes signal an intriguing shift past the 30-second mark, settling into a lusher vocal retrospection thereafter. “Eucalyptus” shows ample vigor in its ceaseless guitar textures and dynamic bass line, excelling amidst the supplementary vocals. “Eucalyptus” is a thrill from Radium Jaw. — This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of Februa ..read more
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Ian Reynold – “Nesting” + “Wanting”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
San Francisco-based artist Ian Reynold crafts a haunting, weary-sounding aesthetic on the consuming “Nesting,” the first song on a three-song EP that Reynold recorded with Dougie Stu in Los Angeles. The opening “maybe it’s finally time,” line gives the feeling of a confessional amidst the quaint guitar pulses and sporadic key twinkles. “It’s brighter with you,” the vocals let out further, with reflective vocal harmonies adding further depth into the vintage-sounding haunts of the chorus. The glimmering backing keys add beautifully here to Reynold’s solemn vocal tone and backing layers. “Nest ..read more
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Mcclendon – “The Garden”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
“The Garden” is a new track from Mcclendon, an artist whose sound meshes folk-inspired familiarity with modern production flourishes — particularly exceling in multi-layered vocal effects and synth-laden atmospherics. His Oklahoma upbringing brought about experiences in country, folk, and acoustic music, with further eclectic inspirations emerging in later years. There’s a contemplative, nocturnal quality apparent in the initial verses, led by murky bass and buzzing guitars. The suave vocal presence adds further, exceling during the “I wait up, you go out,” bridge — culminating in the stella ..read more
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Mystery Season – “Rhinestone Lies”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
Rhinestone Lies by Mystery Season Glasgow-based artist Mystery Season enamors on new single “Rhinestone Lies,” casting ample mystique with its jangling guitar pulses and moody vocals. Escalating murky bass tones emerge as the vocals fade, culminating in a perky guitar line at the mid-point. Exceling with its darkly atmospheric meshing of post-punk and rock, “Rhinestone Lies” represents a firm success from Mystery Season. — This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist. The post Mystery Season – “Rhinestone Li ..read more
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Psychosurfer – “california sober”
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by Mike Mineo
19h ago
The debut single from psychosurfer, “california sober” is a stylish rocker with debonair vocals and smooth guitar licks. “I’ll just lose my mind, ’til California sobers me again,” the vocals let out. Added guitars approaching the two-minute turn add further vibrancy, following a hypnotic and soulful array of guitars that sound fit for a Tarantino film. The new project’s material is “100% independently produced, recorded, and written.” They have a variety of upcoming releases planned in 2023. — This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of ..read more
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Sarah Grace White – “Ribbon” + “Here”
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by Mike Mineo
3d ago
Photo Credit: Yana Yatsuk Showcasing a dreamy pop captivation, recent singles “Ribbon” and “Here” precede the upcoming EP from Los Angeles-based Sarah Grace White. Her debut EP, Are You Here This Time, releases on February 3rd, and is produced with Jorge Balbi (Sharon Van Etten). White describes “Ribbon” as “about forgiveness, support, and a memorable drive.” Steady percussion and reflective piano tones complement an understated vocal presence, gradually accompanied by a buzzing synth warmness and caressing guitar strums. “Please don’t lose your faith in me,” White lets out during the heart ..read more
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Waterfowl – “Rain Song”
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by Mike Mineo
3d ago
Impressing last month with their jangly debut “Open Up,” Toronto-based duo Waterfowl again show excellently with new single “Rain Song,” which captures “the surreal feeling of an observer looking out their window and witnessing increasingly extreme rain and flooding.” The dexterous guitar tones exude a shimmering quality amidst the lush vocals. Trickling keys signal an intriguing interlude, joining into jangly guitars and contemplative vocals. The two-minute mark sees a particularly vibrant guitar-led sequence that enamors, with lush key smatterings leading into the rousing “looking for the ..read more
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BennyHonda SuperShifter – “Carry Me Home”
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by Mike Mineo
3d ago
Impressing with three debuting singles, BennyHonda SuperShifter is the the Athens, GA-based project of Ben Hackett. In addition to working as a recording engineer, mixer, and producer at Chase Park Transduction, Hackett also plays in several bands, including The Hernies and McKendrick Bearden. Easily the lushest of the trio, “Carry Me Home” hypnotizes with its soft vocal presence and balmy guitar swaying. A vintage-sounding bass line, with a ’60s surfy pop, contrasts beautifully with the solitude-embracing vocals and guitars. “Now that I’m out here sinking, buried alone,” the vocals let out ..read more
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