The bursting synth-pop intro on “Peripheral” seamlessly transitions to a lush, lounge-y relaxer — a mellow bass line, caressing piano, and butter-smooth duet vocals leading the way. The synth emerge again at around 01:30, though by now “Peripheral” has established itself as a mellow groover and a showcase of Trivial Shields’ melodic prowess. The seductive brass in the finale solidifies the track’s entrancing qualities. The Oakland-based project of Christian Carpenter, Trivial Shields recently released the Peripheral EP, streaming in full below.
Per Trivial Shields, “Peripheral” is “a song for the broken-hearted; reflecting back on a relationship once central to their lives, to discover that the dynamic of the partnership was built much more from projected fantasies than mutual reciprocity.”
“Peripheral” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2018’ Spotify playlist.