Haunting acoustics and nocturnal synths weave around Vos’ gripping vocal presence to start “Broken Dog,” released today. Added guitar twangs and percussive additions past the one-minute mark continue to expand this engaging soundscape. Escalating vocal emotions, guitar twangs, and lush synths emerge again around 02:35 to commence a truly striking section, which builds to a cohesive conclusion that reflects the acoustical beginnings. “Broken Dog” is a very strong track from Austin Vos, emphasizing a memorable folk-forward approach with a strong lyrical and thematic pursuit regarding the impact of fear.
“‘Broken Dog’ is a song about boarding yourself up in fear, about letting your inner anxious dialogue control your narrative and keep you inside,” Vos says. “Inspired by my childhood dog’s extreme fear of thunderstorms, I wrote the song as a metaphor for my own struggles with anxiety. I came up with this song one rainy afternoon & felt inspired by the slide guitar line that reminded me of how my dog used to howl along to the sound of my guitar as a kid.”
Andrew Goldring co-produced, mixed, and mastered the track. Vos has plans to release an EP in late spring or early summer.
“Broken Dog” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2020’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Folk.