Pavlove – “Cheapskate”


“Cheapskate” is a fun, melodic track from Beligan act Pavlove, featuring a smooth dual-vocalist approach amidst the catchy guitar jangles and ethereal synth-pop interlude. The latter highlight — occurring around 02:50 — is particularly effective in showing the band’s eclectic aesthetic, with a swirling array of nocturnal synths accompanying serene vocals. Quickly thereafter, the vocals assume a perkier, pop-forward feel alongside shimmering guitars — tonally reminiscent of Smith Westerns. The band describes the track as “a song about lost chances and false promises. About losing yourself for the sake of someone who can’t bite the bullet.”

Regarding the video, they provide the following info: “The video was recorded in a filmstudio, because we were inspired by the legendary Top of the Pops-performances from the 70s and 80s. You know, those overly fake, playbacked versions whom bands like The Cure and Blondie would perform on the telly (without actually wanting to do it, but management told them it was good promo).”

“Cheapskate” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 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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