Gradam – “Faces”


“Faces” is a consuming track from Gradam, showing the artist’s engrossing hybrid of psych-rock, alternative, and bedroom-pop. Bursting guitars, ’80s synths, and suave brass lead at various points, all while maintaining a cohesive feel throughout. The brass-laden suaveness past the two-minute mark succeeds in its aesthetic and structural placement, as does the vintage synths and Ariel Pink-esque vocal pull that follows thereafter. “Faces” emphasizes the artist’s eclectic tonal and stylistic reach, while also being fun and melodic.

“Faces” is the second single off Gradam’s new album Out of Phase.

Gradam writes the following in regard to this track:

“Faces is my 2nd single, and 7th track on my debut album. In the sonic realm of psych rock and alternative electronica, Faces is one of my favorite tracks for its sonic diversity. I started the track around August of 2019. In my head, it was always this upbeat-mellow jam, but with time it just began to morph into something so much more than that. Lyrically, Faces encapsulates the feeling of frustration when you feel like you need to fit in, and having it not work out. It’s a reminder of the uncertainty between life’s highs and lows, and to most importantly be your own. Reflecting back on it, it just reminds me of the realizing something or someone’s worth, only once it’s gone.”

“Faces” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 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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