Sterile Cuckoo – “Failed Coronation”


The gorgeous, understated “Failed Coronation” flows with weightless charm. A lulling, symphonic presence lurks alongside twinkling keys and a lullaby-set vocal tone, with a haunting vocal and bass-laden addition arising as the one-minute mark approaches. The track has a magical feel throughout, especially in the touching ambient conclusion. This is a masterwork in texture and atmosphere from Sterile Cuckoo, an ambiguous one-man project who aims to provide “the soundtrack for this indefinable moment between sleep and wake, for situations full of dreamy nostalgic memories and the burdens of reality.”

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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