Sun Studies – “Which Wave?”


Reid Johnson fronts the project Sun Studies, a songwriting vehicle for his striking baritone voice and haunting songwriting. Johnson has built up a strong catalog with Raleigh, NC band Schooner since the mid-2000s. His Sun Studies project was announced in conjunction with North Carolina’s 2018 Hopscotch Music Festival. Sun Studies is folk music at its heart, also hearkening to avant-garde pop and folk of yesteryear, when types like Roy Orbison and Scott Walker captivated with fiercely distinctive vocal deliveries and a daring creative spirit. “Which Wave?” opens the project’s new album Sketches, which is streaming in full below. Johnson’s vocal presence and solid songwriting makes Sun Studies a project that will immediately appeal to many seeking distinctive vocalists within a consuming, brooding folk style.

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

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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