Premiere: Sun Kin – “Decomposure”


“Decomposure” comes via Sun Kin, the project of Oakland-based Kabir Kumar. The track begins with emotive vocals and lush keys, with the vocal quality increasing just past the one-minute mark, accompanied quickly by psych-friendly guitars. The track shows a beautiful expansion in both sound quality and intricacy in instrumentation, steadily developing into an engrossing into a jam-friendly gem with psych, funk, and pop appeal, aesthetically reminiscent of modern Ariel Pink.

Per the artist, on the track: “‘Decomposure’ is a meditation on processing grief at the workplace, at the oh-too-familiar feeling of being one hundred places at once, scattered by tech bros who think the proper vision of the future is to have our attention spans fractured. The song attempts to find some closure from technological loops — the airy funk of the coda is an appeal to a more divine figure than a CEO or Product Manager, where one might finally lose one’s composure (the defense mechanism of constantly having to “network”) and find the present in one’s physical body.”

The project’s full album, Dark Patterns, releasing on Friday, is accompanied by this blurb:

Patterns in our behavior might make us exploitable, but they also make us deeply textured in a way that make it impossible for algorithms to fill our every need — indeed, the more they try, the more they flatten out our peaks and valleys. My 9-5 customer support job and the expense of renting a practice studio in the Bay Area often has me composing and producing on the computer, but this EP saw me playing live with a band over the course of more than a year before recording. The result is something that embodies the dynamic, scary vision of our natural selves against the backdrop of the tech vision of humanity, as manipulable and flat consumers of content.

The act will be performing Wednesday 4/10 at the Starline Social Club in Oakland. Buy tickets here.

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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