“Brother K” caught my ear for various bits of nostalgia. First, the soaring vocal melody reminds me of Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. As the vocals are present from the first couple seconds, the presence is one that captivates from the get-go. Meanwhile, the power-pop guitars and hooky synths exude a sound reminiscent of ’90s alt-rock in the vein of Weezer and Ozma. It makes sense, as the act – with members part of both the NYC and Philly scenes – dubs “Brother K” as a “sonic love letter to the post-grungy synth slap of Weezer’s Pinkerton B-sides.” I’m fond of this emotive, youthful dose of nostalgia — digging up a sound entrenched in ’90s power-pop and alternative while still sounding fresh and revitalized.
“Brother K” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2019’ Spotify playlist.