Obscure Sound blog

  1. Aberystwyth-based Sonny Pursall caught our attention earlier this year with his album Bread Rolls, which featured jangly guitars, charismatic vocals, and playful lyrical themes – not too distant from the work of Mac DeMarco or Travis Bretzer. His fun, hook-y and jangly sound returns on the excellent “Swimmin'”, where waves of reverb-friendly, surf-tinged guitars combine […]

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  2. AustiN is a talented avant-garde artist with a serious capacity for lush atmospheric charm. His Soundcloud is filled with memorable pieces of atmosphere, with chilled-out samples projecting quaintly composed melodies with a soft yearning. His audible development over the past six months has culminated in his finest release to date, the track “1991 VHS Tape […]

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  3. Sublimation by Gravelarks Pittsburgh-based rockers Gravelarks unleash a striking sound on their new album Sublimation, inspired by a range of genres from Slavic folk to soul and blues. In general, it’s a darkly tinged vein of alternative with flourishes of post-punk rhythms and prog-friendly guitar expansion (particularly on “Anodyne”). Stephen Jarrett and Candice McDermott alternate […]

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  4. Birmingham-based post-punk act Semantics remind of Wild Beasts in style, with new track “Acid Test” showcasing a hypnotic post-punk rhythm/guitar arsenal in addition to the quivering nonchalance of the vocals. “Wrap your kisses in a plastic box and put a bow on the top, so I can hold you close to my heart,” the vocals […]

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  5. Songwriter/musician Andrew Landry and producer/instrumentalist Matthew Huber comprise the collaborative project Ilustrada. Friends before collaborating musically, the pair’s musical project came to life when Andrew approached Matthew with a bunch of demos he had been working on. From there, they began a full-scale studio effort, culminating in the release of their debut record on July […]

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