Oh Malô – “Pedaling Backwards”


Brooklyn quartet Oh Malô (pronounced oh–muh–LOW) deliver a haunting vein of experimental rock that produces a chilling soundscape, particularly on new track “Pedaling Backwards”. Dark synth pads and an unsettling, repeating folk-laden guitar opens up the procession over otherworldly vocals, reminding of both Wild Beasts and Sigur Rós in the vocals’ ability to seamless ascend to a higher pitch alongside the monumental textural shifts. It’s an extremely memorable track from a band whose sound grabbed me firmly from the start and never quite let go.

The act met while studying at Berklee College of Music, releasing their debut album As We Were soon after. They have since toured nationally, forging a strong following throughout the New England region. The quartet currently consists of Brandon Hafetz (guitar, vocals), Jack McLoughlin (guitar, vocals), Jordan Lagana (bass) and most recently Isaac Wang (drums, keys), whose “addition ushered the band from the sound of their debut release towards one of greater balance between conventional and experimental timbres.”

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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