“Cars of Our Youth” is a striking new track from Former Ruins, resembling a cross of The National and The War on Drugs. The project, an alias of East Coast transplant Levi Sikes, is based in Muncie, IN. The murmuring vocals lend a captivating feel, reminiscent of Matt Berninger’s signature baritone. The accompanying guitar work exudes a hypnotic, highway-bound feel — which is where The War on Drugs comparison arises (especially at 02:40). The track’s meshing of garage-rock with Springsteen-friendly comparisons like these results in a very convincing aesthetic. A follow-up single is nearing completion, which I’m definitely looking forward to.
“Cars of Our Youth” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2019’ Spotify playlist.