Midwest Soul Xchange – “The Loser Illusion”


Featured in 2016 with their track “Roots,” Midwest Soul Xchange impress again with new track “The Loser Illusion.” This one is off their forthcoming full-length album Weakened at the Asylum, out on 11/23. “We went all out for this crafting a full-fledged ‘rock opera,'” the band explains. “The story for this album centers around the water crisis in Flint, MI, and follows the lives of several fictional characters as they navigate through unspeakable tragedy. Some of the songs have a very ‘mythic’ quality to them.”

“The Loser Illusion” suggests good things ahead for the album, showcasing a strong vocal melody with power-pop appeal alongside shimmering acoustics and melodic keys. There are some ELO-like vibes after the one-minute mark, when these elements combine for a symphonic presence. A great mix of power-pop, Americana, and with a bit of chamber-pop expansiveness, Midwest Soul Xchange seem poised to impress on their latest album, Weakened at the Asylum.

“The Loser Illusion” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 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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