Obscure Sound blog

  1. 20-year-old Indonesian musician Iyam crafts a supremely dreamy, psych-friendly sound on new track “World of Magic”, off his debut EP. Sporadic synths pop up, as a gentle guitar trickle leads. Iyam’s vocals are somehow simultaneously understated and soaring, reminiscent of Tame Impala in that sense. The top-notch production is a byproduct of some excellent songwriting, […]

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  2. Cape Town rapper/producer/engineer Waters shows a precise flow over lush, key-tinged beats. Waters, who initially started rapping at age 7, touts a fondness for “wordplay to metaphors, melodies, flow, structure and rhyme schemes amongst many others” throughout the seven tracks on his impressive new EP Fear My Mind. There are multiple highlights, starting with the […]

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  3. Faraway by Hayéli London trio Hayéli impress on new EP Faraway, meshing ethereal vocals with synth flourishes and the occasional touch of strings. Citing influences like SBTRKT, Bonobo, Erykah Badu and Alice Coltrane, Hayéli also remind fondly of Little Dragon’s aesthetic. My favorite of the four tracks is “Wysteria”, book-ended by touching strings and featuring […]

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  4. “Nothing Wrong” is a haunting track from Loz KeyStone, off the previously featured London-based project’s new album. Loz started writing the album – To Feel Love – in summer 2014, in the final weeks of his father’s life following a two-year battle with lung cancer. The recording process started over a year later, recorded in […]

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  5. Comprised of three Yale students, Vern Matz is a trio churning out a pleasantly melodic vein of pop/rock that, on new single “Shelby Park”, rides on lush piano and guitar twangs. They impressed last month with the track “Trampolines”, and just released “Shelby Park” yesterday (premiering on All Things Go). With top-notch production and understated […]

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