Ploom – “Don’t Let It Show”


“Don’t Let It Show” is an excellent track from Denver-based rockers Ploom. The band embraces eclectic structural and tempo shifts, complete with psych-rock tonal engrossment. Such is evident in the first minute alone here. A bouncy bass line and playful guitars complement a crisp vocal lead to start, though transforming around the 30-second mark, to a sludgier psych-rock spectacle. The guitar work during this section can make one’s knees weak, delivering a suavely intoxicating melody and leading seamlessly back into the initial, perky verses. Its reprisal around 01:52, now featuring dazzling synth-laden touches, consumes further. I’m hearing bits of Tame Impala, Pavement, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard throughout. “Don’t Let It Show” is a fantastic showing from Ploom.

“Don’t Let It Show” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

The track is also included on the ‘Best Tracks of 2020’ 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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