Posted February 10, 2020 by Mike Mineo in Synths + Guitars

Estereomance – “Crimson Queen”

“Crimson Queen” is a newly released track from Estereomance, showing a catchy sound with escalating yearning. Based around El Paso/Juarez, the project formed in early 2019 by Adria, Paulina, and Manu. Bright synths and reflective rhythm guitars intertwine with exuberant vocals to start. Following a series of enjoyable verses, the “why can’t I be like her / why can’t I be a queen?” chorus exudes a convincing yearning over the playful synths, ending with a melodic wordless vocal melody. The final minute or so sees an expansion of jangly guitars and an alteration to the vocal melody, adding some enjoyable variety to this very stellar track.

On their sound and approach, the group writes: “Through time, women’s worth has long been measured by physical beauty and more recently, with the rise of social media, quantified by the number of “likes” in response to it. Inspired by this exponentially-increasing social pressure placed on both men and women to fit a standardized beauty look in order to be valued and/or taken into consideration, Crimson Queen explores the themes of vanity, obsession, insecurity, gender and beauty through surreal and metaphoric musical and visual arrangements.”

“Crimson Queen” 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.

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I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound. I used to write for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine. Send your music to [email protected].