Jong SL – “Paralyzed”


The tranquil and melodic “Paralyzed” is a perfect ease-in to a Monday, showcasing a twinkling pop feel amidst lush vocals and guitars. The track comes from Jong SL, a singer/songwriter from Buffalo, New York (after moving to the U.S. at a young age from South Korea) and now located in Toronto, Canada. “Lyrically, it’s the struggle of the inner-self trying to escape the feeling of entrapment,” Jong SL says. “In the last chorus, the listener is given hope as the song resolves.” Themes of “feeling distant” are frequent in his material, with lyrics often emitting a feeling of eventual hope, which effectively conjures a supportive feeling. Somewhere between the jangly melancholy of Mac Demarco’s more subdued tracks and Coldplay’s rainy-day pop magic, Jong SL is crafting very memorable tunes like “Paralyzed.”

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Serene Rainy Days.

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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