Ngoni – “No One”


“No One” is a striking track from Ngoni. A moving, soulful aesthetic is led by brooding vocals, a string-laden undercurrent, and powerful brass movements. The theatrical brass and mounting percussion exude a very cinematic feel; shades of Ennio Morricone or Bond theme songs aren’t too distant. I’m also fondly reminded of Pulp’s suave masterpiece “This Is Hardcore.” The “no one,” repetition approaching 01:30 plays entrancingly, expanding with organ-laden fervor thereafter. “No One” shows a thoroughly memorable aesthetic and melodic pull from this emerging Canadian artist.

“No One” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2020’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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