John War – “Track #4”


After impressing with the track “The Real Thing” in December, Los Angeles-based artist John War shows his songwriting abilities again on “Track #4,” released today. The track is releasing ahead of War’s debut project, tentatively entitled Fantasy, due this summer. “Track #4″ is not part of that release, succeeding on its own as a single.

The track is crisp and melodic, with jangly guitars meshing with tranquil vocals for an effort that reminds of The Radio Dept.’s more energetic efforts. The release shows War’s various influences – like classic rock, hip-hop, electronica, and progressive rock – and intertwines them into a consistently fulfilling sound.

“Out of all the rock songs I’ve made, ‘Track #4’ could be my favorite, but it’s a weird one for me,” John explains. “Writing it felt like a huge release—it was like an emotion bomb—and it flowed out of me in a half hour, but all the parts took me months to mix. It’s also one of my most private songs, but it’s turned out to be the one track of mine my friends have pressured me to put out most. Music’s weird like that… the most personal stuff hits the hardest. Even though it’s been 3 years since I made it, I feel like this song still represents what I do musically pretty perfectly. Better late than never, right?”

“Track #4” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2019’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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