Good Luck Brother – “Garden State”


“Garden State” is a beautifully emotive showing from Good Luck Brother, off their second album, The Moment Right Before. As the title suggests, the band is from New Jersey, specifically drawing inspiration from the New Brunswick basement scene that helped yield acts like The Gaslight Anthem and Screaming Females. The album was recorded and mastered professionally at Drexel University’s studios.

“Garden State” swells with emotion throughout its duration, culminating in a passionate vocal performance amidst layers of guitars and clanging percussion. Initially unfolding with steady folk-forward charm, piecing together sporadically, the track grows on sporadic guitar twangs and yearning vocals, with 01:12 signaling a more electric shift. I’m also fondly reminded of The Walkmen. “Garden State” is one of many highlights throughout the album.

Stream The Moment Right Before in full below:

“Garden State” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2020’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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