Mystic Seers – “Devil Woman”


The first single from Mystic Seers‘ upcoming full-length, “Devil Woman” is a thorough success. The project of producer and multi-instrumentalist Derek White, Mystic Seers has spent the past six years crafting the album in Pittsburgh. White handles all the writing, recording, performing, and mixing, stylistically drawing influence from ’70s prog-rock, ’60s psychedelia, and some free-jazz.

White describes the track as “about seeking love with disingenuous intentions, and getting what you deserve in return on a karmic level. Creating your own hell from making the same mistakes over and over.” Acoustical shimmers quickly expand into twangy rock expansion, with the hypnotic vocals joining alongside the initial breeziness. Added guitars at 01:22 exude a bouncy fervor, with a delectable solo at 02:32 also standing out. The track touts an abundance of catchy, memorable melodies — with the lush piano-led restraint around 02:53 being another one.

“Devil Woman” 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 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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