Chancellor Dean – “Sink / Swim”


“Sink / Swim” is a soulful rocker from Chancellor Dean, formed in the west side of Santa Cruz. Suave vocals and smooth, gliding guitars build to a moving croon at the one-minute mark, establishing a firmly memorable hook. The band conveys a sound that’s infectious and accessible, while still touting lyrical content that resonates. In particular, “Sink / Swim” succeeds in reflecting on the impact of self-doubt, with a soaring chorus that concludes with questions on how to be a “better man.” Another hook asserts “”attempting to swim / is asking to sink,” — though what initially may come across as pessimism more so relates to a cathartic goal, in — per the band — providing “resolve in self awareness, and raise the point that although it isn’t easy, there’s no choice but to keep on keeping on.” “Sink / Swim” is a quality indie-rock showing from this new, promising act.

“Sink / Swim” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging 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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