Geyst – “Papertrails”


“Papertrails” is the debut single from Geyst, a quartet from Victoria (British Columbia) who met via the University of Victoria Live Music Club in September ’19. Their vein of alternative-rock rides on jangly guitars and spirited vocals, which show excellently during the rise at 01:07, when the lush guitar tones and vocal dramatics intermingle beautifully. Chugging verses build consistently to the soaring “Head over, my conviction spell,” hook each time — with the concluding guitar jangle being very Johnny Marr-esque. “Papertrails” is an alluring debut, one the band says was inspired “by a 50’s, Las Vegas, neon cowboy aesthetic.”

The band writes: “The lyrics describe the wistful and pensive emotional state following a break up, and reflect on the divergent life paths of ending a romantic relationship or sticking through it.”

“Papertrails” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 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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