The Sound of Modesty – “Stalemate”


Impressing with an evolving rock sound, “Stalemate is a stirring success from The Sound of Modesty, the project of London-based singer/songwriter Yvonne Han. Guitar-based expansion at 01:36 unleashes a gripping vigor, as the vocals take their first reprieve. Another sweltering guitar lead emerges at 03:10, following a series of engaging verses that remind fondly of Mitski. The guitar and vocal work throughout is continuously consuming. The final minute cohesively brings down the guitars alongside haunting piano tones.

Per the artist: “‘Stalemate’ tells the story of a mother and son ravaged by war, as they spend their final night together stuck in silence.”

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

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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