Votive Crown – “Prize Possession”


Flourishing with inventive melodies and structural maneuvers, “Prize Possession” is a winning new track from Votive Crown. Recorded in a Woodstock, NY converted church, “Prize Possession” shows the Brooklyn-based band’s many strengths. Melissa Orr’s vocals impress throughout, emitting a tone enjoyably reminiscent of Mitski (along with the ability to switch seamlessly from dreamier verses into more soulful emotion). Orr’s lyrics explore self-identity, relaying an intimate and retrospective feel, accompanied by a beautiful array of instrumentation. Analog synths, mellotron, and Wurlitzer contribute to the rich soundscape, courtesy of Nicki Adams’ keyboard work, while Michael Gohacki’s bass work helps lead a bustling rhythm section. Without a single dull moment, “Prize Possession” is a showcase in invigorating, creative songwriting, while still emphasizing accessibility to an enjoyable extent.

The track title speaks to the band’s commonality, with their press release noting that “a votive crown is one that is adorned with jewels and gifted on a pagan altar as proof of devotion.” The band’s dedication to unique soundscapes and creative, alternating live performances contribute to a sound that strives for constant evolution.

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