Video Premiere: The Rungs – “King of Books”


We’re thrilled to premiere the music video for track “King of Books” from Brooklyn-based band The Rungs. The Rungs are a Brooklyn-based act that show a moody, yearning synth-led pop sound on this particular effort, led by the striking vocals of frontwoman Mandy Gurung. Per The Rungs, the track “captures that moment in a toxic relationship when the rose colored glasses are lifted.” The vocal repetition of “you’re no good for me,” works with rewarding hypnotic effect over synths and subtle guitars. The instrumental break at 01:50 provides some effervescence, the hypnotic synth melody and backing guitars playing well. The nocturnal vibe is enjoyably reminiscent of TOPS at points.

“This song is so personal, but it touches on something dark that I feel a lot of people can relate to in different ways, about recognizing and letting go of something that’s holding them back,” says Mandy Gurung (vocals, songwriting, guitar, production). “It could be a person, a place, a habit, it could be anything that derails you or even makes you sick. “You’re no good for me” is like a twisted mantra for waking up and seeing it. It’s the first step to moving on.”

“I had seen Danielle Saint Velvet perform a few times in upstate NY and in some clubs in the Lower East Side. Her dances stood out to me because she does such versatile routines and always manages to move so effortlessly. Every detail, her facial expressions, choreography, costume design, they all flow together. She’s just so talented in that way. When she agreed to do the video we were so psyched! Our video director and crew put a lot of thought into how to capture the choreography, not just filming the dance but really creating something subtle and delicate. They followed her routine in a way that to me feels so captivating and intimate.”

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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