topographies – “pink thoughts”


Bay Area dream-pop act Topographies show a powerfully hypnotic sound on new track “Pink Thoughts”, where a jangly guitar arpeggio quickly clears the way for a shoegaze-y fuzz, and lush vocals just before the one-minute mark (bearing a tonal reminiscence and general aesthetic likeness to Wild Nothing and The Clientele). The alternation of hushed vocals and clamoring, reverb-friendly guitars makes for a constantly engaging sound, captured well in its accompanying video, directed by Julian Gabriel Bendana. The band – featuring members of Coo Coo Birds, Your Friend, Solip, and To The Wedding – have a firm and successful grasp of their stylistic direction, leading with dream-pop and shoegaze with ample textural and tonal variation.

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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