Stan Brian – “Past in the Present”


“Past in the Present” is a dreamy track that recalls the ethereal new-wave of The Church and The Go-Betweens. Fellow Australian artist Stan Brian shows adeptness at crafting a consuming, nostalgic soundscape from the get-go — with trickling keys, moody guitars, and contemplative bass accompanying a forlorn vocal presence. The “need you here, need you there,” hook emphasizes a chilling string/synth, with the ensuing verse also reminiscent of The Auteurs’ overall feel. As apparent by now, “Past in the Present” reminds me fondly of several favorites in a nostalgic new-wave vein, though while also feeling unique in its own right. “Past in the Present” affirms Stan Brian as a singer/songwriter well worth following.

“Past in the Present” 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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