Tokyo-based duo Downtown Market show a melodic guitar-based rock sound on the track “Stay With Me.” Per the band, the track was inspired by “Hesitation” by Hot Flash Heat Wave, a site favorite — so it’s no wonder this one clicked so easily. Alternating vocals lead over a melodic rhythm guitar, with a playful lead emerging around 01:15. The contrasting tones of the vocalists play with interesting allure. The band take pride in a no-frills, melodic sound — one that reminds of Kero Kero Bonito’s recent rock-forward direction. “Stay With Me” is an addictive listen, for certain.
“Stay With Me” 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.