Waldo Witt – “Umstead Park”


“Umstead Park” is a track released today from Waldo Witt, whose album last year (Randall) struck me with its emotively atmospheric ballads and infectious synth-pop gems alike. That album was one of my favorites from last year, and “Umstead Park” shows the artist picking up where he left off, with expanded creative freedoms. Compared to Randall, which was recorded while on the road, Inner Paths was crafted entirely out of Waldo’s home studio. The result is a vibrant, striking album, evident on “Umstead Park.” Breezy, effervescent vocals emit a soaring sophisti-pop glow to start, steadily evolving to a punchy series of hooks, notably the pulsing rise around 01:50. “Umstead Park” shines with excellent production and a consuming melody.

Look for Inner Paths on May 15th.

“Umstead Park” 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 Electro-Pop.

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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