Sun Cut Flat – “Toy Chest”

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It has been a few years since I featured Sun Cut Flat’s wonderfully lush synth-pop, via the track “Happiness Is A Wandering“, but it’s one I frequently come back to. On that effort, I noted comparisons to Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach, particularly the Little Dragon collaborative tracks on that album. This Boston-based project touts a similarly laid-back yet constantly evolving sound that incorporates both natural instrumentation and sweeping synth-constructed soundscapes. Sun Cut Flat’s newest track “Toy Chest” – recorded in both NYC and Boston – is the best I’ve heard from them so far, a stunning journey from starry-eyed space-bass and hushed croons to the very rhythmically involved conclusion, where glistening synths swirl around an impressive display from the percussion and bass.

This gem is off their new EP, Obscurities, which was released last month. It’s a 7-track collection that makes nice use of collaboration between several talented musicians. “Toy Chest” in particular features Christopher Pegram on synths, piano, and bass guitar; Nick Lattanzi on vocals, processed guitar, and percussion; and Angelo Spampinato on drums. Stream it in full below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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