Cloudlines – “Just Friends”


Cloudlines are an indie-pop duo from Portland, Oregon, whose newly released track “Just Friends” impresses with an infectious build-up from atmospheric ’80s-tinged soundscapes into a bursting modern-pop spectacle. As the drums hit just after the one-minute mark, the vocals are quickly accompanied by an energetic synth arpeggio, before falling back into a warm blanket of ’80s soundscapes. When the arpeggio-laden hook returns again, the track doesn’t let go, finishing with an infectiously energetic pull. “Just Friends” works wonderfully in growing from lusher verses with nostalgic appeal into perkier hooks with a modern appeal.

“Just Friends” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2018’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Catchy Indie Pop.

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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