John War – “The Real Thing”


I first caught onto John War with his stylish, atmospheric cover of Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” a couple years ago. It was a nice showcase of his aesthetic, which is continued with his own songwriting on new track “The Real Thing.” With melded together inspirations that include “surf pop, shoegaze, & ’90s singer-songwriters,” the track shows the San Diego-born and Los Angeles-based artist as fully capable of crafting engaging melodies. The structure is repetitively hypnotic, with vocal passion escalating alongside various layers, the second half showing a fuzzy effervescence. “The Real Thing” is a pleasant, alluring listen.

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