Imperial Daze – “Centerpole”


South London act Imperial Daze thoroughly impress with new track “Centerpole.” A suave vocal lead is surrounded by sharp guitar lines, buzzing synth adornments, and a tight rhythm section. The chugging guitars and reflective synths make for consuming verses, which lead seamlessly into the chorus — “meet me at the centerpole,” marks a hook that succeeds in all facets. Doses of spacey synths and entrancing guitar licks emerge around 02:30 for one final atmospheric push, before the final vocal-led punch. I’m reminded of The Arctic Monkeys’ most stylish tracks.

Per Imperial Daze, “Centerpole” is “about a dialogue with someone close who is stuck in a loop and struggling with addiction, depression and self-doubt.” “Centerpole” is a part of their forthcoming, self-produced EP, a login to SMTHNG, releasing in early 2020. This follows their previous EP Surfaces Sensibles, released this past June.

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

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

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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