Premiere: roomtones – “So Long (Shadow)”


Exuding a melodic yet contemplative power-pop feel, “So Long (Shadow)” is a delightful track out today from roomtones, a band formed in 2017 and based in Brooklyn, NY. Lush acoustic rhythms and a tender guitar twang construct an easy-going start. Vocals emerge with melodic charm shortly thereafter, the general tone and backing-vocal moments like 00:57 reminding fondly of Teenage Fanclub. The “station on your radio,” hook is endearing and memorable, begging for replays. “So Long (Shadow)” is a slice of audible comfort food.

I’m certainly anticipating roomtones’ upcoming debut album, Beginning to Begin. The album was produced by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock) in his notorious Gowanus studio. Per the band, we can expect “a loose concept album made up of flashing reminiscences of living in New York City in the early days of the 21st century, Beginning to Begin revolves around themes of loss, memory, aging, and regret.” In terms of influences, the band cites The Modern Lovers, Alex Chilton, Scott Walker, The Zombies, Field Mice, and Pavement.

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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