Ex Okays – “Onlysong”


A bevy of frantic percussion, twangy guitars, and melodic synths open “Onlysong” in enjoyably expansive form. The gripping new track from Chicago-based band Ex Okays, “Onlysong” is a fantastic start to 2020 for a band that plans on releasing many singles this year. Spanning over five minutes with several exciting shifts, “Onlysong” shines especially around 02:50, when a fluid synth and jangly guitars establish a more yearning feel compared to the initial rock-based excitement. The release bursts with creativity and structural liveliness. Similar-sounding bookends are comprised of beautifully melodic guitar, synth, and rhythmic alignment, with the track’s mid-points touting vibrant ideas. Ex Okays are a band whose releases I’ll be happily anticipating throughout the year.

“Onlysong” was recorded at Treehouse Records in Chicago, IL. It was sound engineered/mastered by Barrett Guzaldo and mixed by Dalton Allison.

“Onlysong” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2020’ 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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