Strongly reminiscent of James Blake, “Casualty” is the latest track from Daren Sirbough. Based in Sydney, Australia, Sirbough describes the track as being “about my first love and the eventual breakup.” Drip-drop rhythmic effect, stirring strings, and lulling piano are quick to establish a dramatic aesthetic — with the soaring, theatrical vocal tone accompaniment being very Blake-esque. The track also touts Sirbough’s talented knack for structural exploration, starting with the rising “I’m a casualty / for the love I gave to you,” hook past the one-minute mark. The added vocal effect past the three-minute mark provides an extra-haunting feel. “Casualty” is a gorgeously produced and soaring, melodic success from this rising artist.
Sirbough elaborates further on the meaning behind the track:
“It is a tale of love, lost love and how it affected me. I wanted to express a poignant time in my life and to capture the essence of how that felt. That specific experience has stuck with me even if the memory and feelings have faded over time. Those ‘firsts’ often times leave an indelible memory that you will carry with you for the rest of your life.”
“Casualty” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2019’ Spotify playlist.