Premiere: why try – “signal (your effect)”


Montreal act why try just dropped their new track “signal (your effect)” — a great showing of the project’s atmospheric pop sound. Calming vocals and string flourishes are quick to emerge, establishing a chamber-pop sort of spaciousness. Aesthetically, this is a gorgeous track, lovely and lush — like a modern and successful take on electronic sophisti-pop. The guitar twangs and wordless vocals that assemble around 01:34 is especially effective in that aforementioned sophisti-pop vein, with the ensuing vocal hook more reflective of modern pop sentiments. “signal (your effect)” shows excellent variation and melodic strengths throughout its 4+ minutes; this is a track that firmly establishes why try as a project to pay close attention to.

Stream the band’s self-titled full-length below:

“signal (your effect)” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Sophisti-Pop [all years].

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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