Half Pair – “Half Pair (Song of the Muse)”


The gorgeous “Half Pair (Song of the Muse)” is a journey of a track from Half Pair, a Germany-based project led by guitarist and singer Maximilian Stephan. In addition to writing the track, Stephan created the video’s atmospheric visual accompaniment (above). An introduction of foreboding strings and a clinking frequency give way to serene vocals, amidst subtle percussion and buzzing bass-y resonance. More luxurious strings emerge shortly thereafter, casting a creepy, cinematic spell as the two-minute mark approaches. This track shows Half Pair’s firm grasp of infusing orchestral components within a riveting rock sound, in addition to songwriting that values gripping, evolving structures.

Stream the project’s new album in full below:

“Half Pair (Song of the Muse)” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2020’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the best-of Spotify compilation Best Tracks of 2020.

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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