Obscure Sound blog

  1. Los Angeles duo The Paper Flowers craft synth-pop with catching hooks and nocturnal appeal throughout their debut EP In a Different Life. Among the release’s highlights is “Stop!” — a vibrantly melodic synth-popper that melds the lush pop of The Radio Dept. with a romantically yearning sophisti-pop edge reminiscent of Prefab Sprout. The “just stop,” […]

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  2. Minnesota group Sleeping Jesus show a dreamy, melodically captivating soundscape on new track “Lay.” The track’s music video – depicting a “loneliness cure” – does well in capturing the track’s retrospective, yearning feel. Aesthetically, there’s a lush tone throughout reminiscent of Washed Out’s more subdued efforts. The transition around 01:09 features a bass-driven transition amidst […]

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  3. Released on Friday, “Bones” is a track from rising Toronto act Fried Dough, featuring warping filtered guitars and glitch rhythms with captivating elements of R&B and dubstep. The former is present in the nocturnal vibes and entrancing vocals, while dubstep emerges in the buzzing and glitchy synth tones. Serene keys, guitars, and evolving bass also […]

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  4. “Psychobabble” touts a suave, fuzz-rock mentality with vocal twists reminiscent of Ariel Pink, in evolving from lo-fi verses to a supremely melodic, rock-forward chorus with expansive appeal. The track comes courtesy of First Names, a duo from Austin, Texas who have released a handful of impressive singles already this year. Their full album, The Living […]

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  5. “Nonsense Mouth” is chapter two of Ellen Warkentine’s striking series of the same name. This track continues the journey set forth by “Thanatos,” following the “heroine’s journey” into the unconscious, the “dark forest,” where the heroine is confronted with the creatures of her psyche who lead her further into layers of her being.” Building from […]

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