AGENCY – “Coward”

This past October, mysterious Maine-based act AGENCY impressed with “Evaporate”, a chilling new track with an ample atmospheric R&B presence, featuring droplets of piano combining with smooth vocals in a stylistic vein that sat somewhere between James Blake and Frank Ocean. New track “Coward” shows a similar smoothness, though with certainly more upbeat traction and less mysterious vocals. The central hook, complemented by lush piano and pit-pattering percussion, has multi-layered vocals pleading “don’t call me a coward.” It’s an emotional plea that resonates effectively alongside the ardent instrumental backdrop. The bridge at the three-minute mark also plays nicely, providing a touch of variation within a familiar structure to provide some brass-tinged momentum to the concluding moments.

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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