Trevor James Tillery – “Beg”


“Beg” shows a captivating sound lovably influenced by acts like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Slowdive. Nashville-based artist Trevor James Tillery impresses with the release, the second single from a collection of singles Tillery plans to release over the coming months.

Waves of guitar distortion are the sole initial sound, with clacking percussion and a woodwind-friendly shimmer in the back emerging thereafter. Tillery’s vocals arrive with a confident, dreamy tendency — with the “you don’t know,” bridge approaching the two-minute mark playing with climactic appeal as the shoegaze-friendly guitar textures hit. The shoegaze-friendly feel engages throughout, alongside the “you don’t know,” build-up. A wordless, serene croon accompanies a lush bass line and monotone vocal samples to conclude the track, in fittingly consuming form.

“It’s about all the politicians who wish to oppress people for their own benefit,” Tillery explains of the track. “It just so happens, unfortunately, that the lyrics are even more timely than ever with the protests going on against police brutality and racial tensions.”

“Musically, I’ve been really into shoegaze music from the early ’90s, like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Slowdive lately. I wanted to find a way to mix my love for that sound with electronic beats and synths and came up with this song.”

“Beg” 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 Dream-Pop + Shoegaze.

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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