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Manilow – “Missing” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/

On infectious track “Missing”, an ode to punk icon Johnny Rotten, London post-punk/power pop trio Manilow unleash a bevvy of warm guitar fuzz, stampeding percussion, and emotive vocals (which launch into a dual-layered party sing-along...

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Joshua Worden – “Boundless” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

We previously heard from Atlanta-based electro-pop wizard Joshua Worden last year, when his track “Midnight” showed off how Worden’s warmly tranquil vocals and lush R&B-tinged electro-pop arrangements combined for a sound akin...

Gone Quite Mad – “All the Building Blocks” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Brooklyn-based prog-rockers Gone Quite Mad begin their new track “All the Building Blocks” with dexterous guitar licks and a bustling rhythm section touching on jazz and hints of jazz fusion. The vocal incorporation – somewhat meek but melodically playful – reminds me of Dave Matthews’ approach at first, before expanding into a more Josh Homme-like […] The post Gone Quite Mad – “All the Building Blocks” appeared first on .

Claus Zinger – “I Went Down the Road Today” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

I’m not surprised to see that Jerusalem-based singer/songwriter Claus Zinger has a significant Soundcloud following; his talent and songwriting ability is very evident from the get-go. His new track “I Went Down the Road Today” is...

Michael Cullen – “Nothing Special” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Veteran singer-songwriter Michael Cullen was featured back in March with his excellent track “Do You Believe?“, whose strategic meshing of synth-pop and ’80s-flaired alternative reminded me fondly of both Depeche Mode and Talking Heads. That cut was off his album Love Transmitter, released back in 2002. With his new album True Believer, released earlier this month, Cullen […] The post Michael Cullen – “Nothing Special” appeared first on .

Canopies – “The Plunderers and the Pillagers” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

Canopies have already graced Obscure Sound with outstanding synth-pop three times before — “Rebels” in 2011 and “Miss You Now” + “Getting Older” this year. In both features of the recent tracks, I noted that the the Milwaukee-based group was hard at work on a new album set for release sometime later this year. Now the […] The post Canopies – “The Plunderers and the Pillagers” appeared first on .

Manilow – “Missing” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

On infectious track “Missing”, an ode to punk icon Johnny Rotten, London post-punk/power pop trio Manilow unleash a bevvy of warm guitar fuzz, stampeding percussion, and emotive vocals (which launch into a dual-layered party sing-along of sorts during the great chorus). The fast-paced rock – with tinges of post-punk – is also reminiscent of Brit-pop’s […] The post Manilow – “Missing” appeared first on .

Blue Plutos – “Want to Want” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

NYC/Boston-based group Blue Plutos wowed a few months back with their twangy jangle-pop gem “Shadow Chateau“, one of six tracks off their new album Dennett St.. The release has sounded particularly apt the past week or so as I’ve been revisiting it, as the weather has been in a grey-ish limbo between summer and autumn that’s […] The post Blue Plutos – “Want to Want” appeared first on .

The Society Islands – “Archer” Source: Obscure Sound(http://obscuresound.com/)

German singer and multi-instrumentalist Boris Rogowski is The Society Islands, a solo project that successfully touches upon several styles and reference points — from Beach House’s dream-pop to Gorillaz’ electro-pop exploration and Grizzly Bear’s haunting indie-folk. With a voice reminiscent of Damon Albarn’s comforting tranquility, Rogowski also handles guitars, bass, keys, woodwinds, percussion, and drums […] The post The Society Islands – “Archer” appeared first on .

 

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