Strange Weather – “Suspending Disbelief”


“Suspending Disbelief” transports listeners to an island on the Pacific, abundant with colorful fruits that induce friendly, warming psychedelic effects. The track is a consuming, atmospheric gem from Strange Weather, the experimental-pop project of multi-instrumentalist Sean Brennan. Brennan is originally from just outside Baltimore, and in 2014 moved to a beach near Assateague Island, Maryland. There, he built a studio and began work on full-length album Suspending Disbelief, all while gradually losing his vision (Brennan has a rare genetic eye disease called Choroideremia).

The release’s self-titled track certainly impresses, with swaying guitars and colorful rhythms combining with gleeful vocals. The album’s first single, “Coaccidents,” released in May and also impressed — winning first prize in the Great American Songwriting Contest.

Per the artist, the album is “a loose concept album about dreams.” The drums and percussion on this track were done by Dan Drohan (Maggie Rogers, Olden Yolk) and Brazilian percussion legend Meia Noite.

“Suspending Disbelief” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Hypnotic Psychedelia.

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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