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Michael Cullen – “Nothing Special”

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 Depe...
 
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canopies - maximize your faith
canopies - maximize your faith
canopies - maximize your faith

Canopies – “The Plunderers and the Pillagers”

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 recen...

 
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Blue Plutos
Blue Plutos
Blue Plutos

Blue Plutos – “Want to Want”

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...
 
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the society islands
the society islands
the society islands

The Society Islands – “Archer”

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’ elec...

 
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cold-cold-heart
cold-cold-heart

Cold, Cold Heart – “Stand/Still”

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 com...
 
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vesuvio solo
vesuvio solo
vesuvio solo

Vesuvio Solo – “Avion”

Montreal-based duo Vesuvio Solo is comprised of Cameron Maclean and former TOPS bassist Thom Gillies, who produce a wonderful sound steeped in jangly guitars and soft synth flourishes. The result is somewhere between the sophis...

 
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carlie de boer
carlie de boer
carlie de boer

Carlie de Boer – “Tradition”

Carlie de Boer’s third track is her best yet; “Traditions” is an atmospherically rich success with vibes reminiscent of The Weeknd’s late-night/early-morning romanticizing. Late night desires are apparen...
 
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couch-jackets
couch-jackets

Couch Jackets – “Frozen Death (Happy Ending)”

Boston-based rockers Couch Jackets’ new track “Frozen Death (Happy Ending)” showcases a wide assortment of enjoyable twists and turns, even in the first minute alone. Snarling guitars and an angsty vocal deliv...