Stillehavet – “Gola Malimbe”



Stillehavet is an act based out of Bergen, Norway, where they churn out a deeply atmospheric and developmental sound that succeeds immensely on new track “Gola Malimbe”. The band’s details are mostly unknown, but that’s rather fitting considering this track’s enigmatic allure. Otherworldly, ethereal vocals float throughout, showing a quivering intensity but never overpowering the exotic instrumentation, ranging from jazzy guitar lines to an ominous electronic-tinged rhythm section that reminds of Radiohead, specifically dark synth efforts like “Where I End and You Begin“, especially with the murmuring backing synth just past the four-minute mark. On the vocal and atmospheric end, the ghostly creep-folk workings of Marissa Nadler also come to mind strongly. Another new one, “Blinders”, shows that the male vocal counterpart can succeed on a similarly lush front — with comparable vibes succeeding similarly here.

These are both fantastic efforts that will appeal to any fans of audible atmosphere and clever songwriting development.

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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