GEO – “Flax Pond”


Following up on his dazzling pop effort “Better“, featuring the angelic vocals of Gabriela Francesca and a lush hip-hop flow courtesy of Rex Mac, “Flax Pond” is the newest release from LA-based indie R&B/hip-hop producer GEO. His knack for melodic beauty is once again very evident from the get-go, with an entrancing piano line picked up by warm bass and a whirring synth at 00:25, emitting a melancholic sort of nocturnal vibe. Vocal samples are apparent, distorted in a playful way, though the glistening beauty of the instrumentation is the focus. It’s a beautiful track with a deep, sentimental meaning.

Per GEO, the track is “a response to my parents’ recent divorce and the mental backlash I’ve felt from it.” “As a 25-year-old, on the other side of the country, I was assuming that after a few hard weeks I would be back to my normal every day life, but unfortunately that feeling of relief never came,” he continues. “After a few months it seemed that my newfound anxiety grew even more entangled into my life, peeking out unexpectedly and more intensely. In a moment of clarity I sat down and wrote this track in effort to emulate how my mind was working at the time. Anxiety is an unsettling and unwelcome guest in your mind, “Flax Pond” is what mine sounds like.”

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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