The National Debt – “Capable”


The National Debt’s eponymous debut album impresses with its eclectic reach, ranging from the electro-funk of “Spread the Gap” to lush folk-laden builder “Dead End Everything” and Morrissey-esque crooner “Capable.” The latter is particularly striking, described as an “indie electronica anti-theistic anthem.” The opening lines — “hit me, father, hit me / that’s all you seem to be capable of,” — combine with the “God is a coward,” chorus to certainly remind of Morrissey’s no-holds-barred lyrical approach and theatrical vocal delivery. The key-driven undercurrent is accompanied by guitars in the final moments, lifting the track from more understated ruminations into one capable of rock-forward expansion. Certainly, The National Debt’s album captivates with its various themes, styles, and melodic successes. Stream it in full on Spotify here.

“Capable” 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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