La Dante – “Gambling Man (Time to Walk Away)”


Touting consuming folk-led vibes reminiscent of Damien Jurado, “Gambling Man (Time to Walk Away)” is a beautiful new track from Philadelphia-based solo artist Maxwell Perla (La Dante). A companion to his first single “Mexico Sunrise,” the track tells a semi-autobiographical tale of two lovers that, despite their love, cannot help but hurt each other. Specifically, per Perla, the track “investigates how walking away from a loved one does not mean you stop caring for them, and highlights the vast array of complex, confusing emotions that love creates in people.”

With intermingling of folk-laden guitars, ghostly synths, and a country-ish vocal twang, the track succeeds in mood and laid-back feel. Perla’s engaging songwriting combines with the collaborative work of Vincent John (of acclaimed soul group Lee Fields & the Expressions), with John helping to add textural enhancements that draw from his influences within ’70s African funk and soul. Look for Perla’s gigs throughout his Philadelphia base throughout the spring and summer, with an EP releasing this summer.

“Gambling Man (Time to Walk Away)” 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 Indie Folk.

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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