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I was able to clock this compilation at around one hour exactly. I think it’s a great 60 minutes, one that follows the recent months’ trend of catering almost exclusively to the under-exposed. A rough barometer of “under-exposed” in this instance is under 10,000 plays for a track on SoundCloud. Only one of the tracks […] The post Obscure Sound: Best of March 2014 appeared first on .
Energetic Australian rockers The Lockhearts blend the anthemic hard-rock of groups like Cheap Trick with a dash of contemporary glam. New single “FREAKSHOW” is an energetic tour-de-force that is ceaselessly pulsating, centered around a sing-along chorus that includes lines like “hey-ho we won’t go” and “wam-bam thank you ma’am.” You know, the type of lyrics […] The post The Lockhearts – “FREAKSHOW” appeared first on .
Lael Summer’s soulfully infectious delivery is reminiscent of two bits of nostalgia for me: classic soul tracks from Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, and Style Council efforts featuring Dee Lee on lead vocals. Both of those combine for a delightful and accessible sound. Summer, an NYC native, has been singing since age two, and by age 14 was opening […] The post Lael Summer – “Too Much” appeared first on .
Brooklyn-based duo Hunter & Wolfe separate themselves from many in the Williamsburg indie-rock scene, opting for Elliott Smith/Jeff Buckley naturalism as opposed to stylistic gimmicks or image-first presentations. At many points throughout their new full-length Days and Works, the vocals resemble the tortured yet massively touching croon of Buckley. On a track like “Please”, this is […] The post Hunter & Wolfe – “Please” appeared first on .
Simon Adams has traveled the world — teaching in Indonesia, and eventually finding a home in Seoul, South Korea. Throughout this travels, he has kept his hand on the pulse of the accessible alternative-rock scene, where artists like Keane, Coldplay, and others originating from his native England have found sustained success. Adams projects a very […] The post Simon Adams – “Our Man” appeared first on .
The always-stylish Little Dragon deliver more intoxicating synth-pop goodness with “Paris”, which balances nonchalant synth pattering with French whispers and Yukimi Nagano’s sharp croon. Zane Lowe, who premiered the track, considers Little Dragon’s upcoming Nabuma Rubberband one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and it’s easy to see why with “Paris”. Little Dragon launched […] The post Little Dragon – “Paris” appeared first on .
Based out of Lille, France, electronic producer Onie makes music ideal for nighttime driving. At least that’s the case on “Love Me”, a slice of ’80s-tinged seduction that balances tranquil female pop vocal samples with glistening synth chords, automated percussion, and – toward the end – spacey arpeggios and a vibrating synth solo. At least in […] The post Onie – “Love Me” appeared first on .
Tangiers are a young garage-rock band out of Philly. Their debut EP, End of the World, touts a fuzzy lo-fi recording style, but it’s an enjoyable element that adds to the talented allure of Tangiers’ soulful sound. The EP’s self-titled track is immediately engaging; Gabriel Simone’s swanky, semi-shrouded vocals emit an emotive yet loose croon over a […] The post Tangiers – “End of the World” appeared first on .