The Kerosene Hours – “Dance For Money”


Continuing the creative displays from The Kerosene Hours so far, “Dance For Money” is a uniquely compelling success with ample emotion. Previous tracks “Purple Heart” and “You Were In My Dreams Last Night” affirmed the Los Angeles-based project of Aaron Silverstein as a creative force, and this is a continuation.

Vocally, there’s a tonal sense of pleading, a familiarity to fans of Xiu Xiu and Jamie Stewart. Pulsing synths and emotive vocals establish a gripping initial feel, with the “think I got potential,” escalation being complemented by an effervescent synth addition. The “wish I could dance for money,” succeeds with a shimmering, anthemic charm, while lyrically conveying a sense of melancholic desperation that hits hard.

Silverstein describes the track as “a cry against domesticity, a wail against losing what makes you dangerous, and an honest desire to earn a little cash doing it.” Playing like an audible form of gripping emotional catharsis, “Dance For Money” leaves a strong impression.

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