Don’t do it, Neil – “lombard”


Emotive vocals, guitar strums, and videogame-friendly synths comprise the engaging arsenal on “lombard”, a new track from Philly-based project Don’t do it, Neil. “This song’s about growing up lowkey queer in your hometown and finally meeting someone who sees you for who you are,” Mabel – the leader of the project – explains. “It’s also just a cute, fun lo-fi pop song, honestly.” “We’ll get outta town, the fuck outta town,” she repeats during the track’s mid-section, an addictive moment that leads to the effort’s strongest melodic showing, the “trashed and laid to waste,” final verses. It’s lo-fi at heart, though there’s ample melodic evolution in how the trickling guitars, drum beat, and yearning vocals evolve, structurally. There’s ample structural ability shown in less than three minutes here, placing Don’t do it, Neil on my radar.

“lombard” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2018’ Spotify playlist.

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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