J Bengoy – “So Good (I Could Die)”

Just released today, the bright and infectious “So Good (I Could Die)” is a winning single from J Bengoy, based out of Burlington, Vermont. The vocals pack a fun-loving twang reminiscent of Jeff Tweedy’s more upbeat efforts, while the sensational hook – “so good I could die right now” – reminds fondly of cult indie-rockers Beulah. Clean guitar licks and a faint synth pad provide a fine arsenal throughout this effort, which glides on summer-y enthusiasm and a warm twang — as if Wilco, Beulah, and Smith Westerns converged with all their best elements.

The track was written at the end of a beautiful Vermont summer, with all of its accompanying activities – long hikes in the Green Mountains, finding the best swimming holes to cool off in, and spending afternoons on Lake Champlain beaches looking out at the Adirondacks. The song is about the inherent paradox of feeling like your life is falling apart in a veritable paradise.

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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