There’s Talk – “Give It Up”


Oakland trio There’s Talk craft an intoxicating atmosphere throughout new track “Give It Up”. Olivia Lee’s float with ethereal, melodic precision, her dreamy presence reminiscent of Hope Sandoval. The other two members, Kellen Balla and Young Lee, lend to the soundscape, parts Stranger Things with the ensuing synth arps and other parts Twin Peaks (this act would have been a perfect fit in one of the reboot’s closing sequences). Atmospherically, it especially excels in the second half with its dream-pop shimmer. Flourishes of jangly guitars enter the mix sporadically, a la Beach House or The xx. In all, it makes for an entirely consuming sound, touting both a strong melody and atmosphere that grips and never lets go.

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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