Human Barbie – “We Disappeared”


“We Disappeared” is a gem of a psych-folk track from Human Barbie, a project formed in 2018 by Los Angeles-based songwriter Christopher Leopold. Aesthetically reminiscent of The Shins and The Kinks, and specifically the ability to craft hypnotic and hazy pop hooks within a folk-minded psychedelic soundscape, the track consumes easily. The “and we both disappear,” conclusion is wrapped in an enjoyably murky haze, inducing a blissfully melodic state that glows with psych-friendly warmth.

The effort was self-recorded with 1/2″ analog tape, undergoing a “painstaking and deliberate” recording process (“captured and mixed with 100% analog effects, reverb, and performance techniques”).

The track is an indicator of what to expect throughout Get a Life, Human Barbie’s forthcoming debut album. The release is described by the artist as a “washed-out vignette of a boy and a girl, lost in a hypnotic unreality of love and sorrow.”

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