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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...
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 a wonderful piece of sincere, stylistically moving art-folk with a strong individualistic songwriter identity. By the time sporadic percussion kicks in just past […] The post Claus Zinger – “I Went Down the Road Today” appeared first on .
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 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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
New post-rock trio Cold, Cold Heart produce a consistently gorgeous atmosphere throughout their track “Stand/Still”. Gentle guitar twangs and soft aquatic-like trickles comprise the beginning, which flows with a comfortable sameness throughout the first two minutes. A subtle melodic addition past 2:30 signals a well-executed shift, especially as the more chime-y guitar sound enters after […] The post Cold, Cold Heart – “Stand/Still” appeared first on .
Earlier this year, I wrote about emerging singer/songwriter Amatus and her thrilling track “Run Fast”, a fresh pop effort with orchestral flourishes that was reminiscent of Grimes and Janelle Monae (in addition to both Monae and Amatus having some awesome hair styles). The track was off her Open Compass EP, which also included seductive stomper “Messin”. Now, […] The post Amatus – “Messin” (Jneiro Jarel remix) appeared first on .