Tim Mellins & the Ten Percenters – “Too Much Running”


“Too Much Running” is a suavely melodic success from Tim Mellins & the Ten Percenters, the second single release via the collective from Hull and York, UK. Twangy guitars and backing acoustics complement subtle keys and nonchalant vocals to start, gearing toward the title-referencing hook, where a warming organ adds to the hooky melody. Aesthetically, I’m fondly reminded of Richard Hawley’s solo work, as well as The Arctic Monkeys’ suaver efforts. The track’s inviting introduction builds to a replay-inducing chorus, maintaining an accessible, lounge-friendly vibe throughout its duration.

“The lyrics of this tune were inspired by humans partaking in heavy work schedules akin to running on a treadmill,” Mellins writes. “It questions the efficacy of this approach in modern life, and is a cry towards a more socialist world where people take good care of the planet and spend adequate time with loved ones.”

“Too Much Running” 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 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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