Abby Cole – “A Lone Song” (with Slowaves, The Outs)


“A Lone Song” is a dreamy, entrancing success with a consuming sense of lonesome yearning. A collaborative effort from artists Abby Cole, Slowaves, and The Outs, “A Lone Song” was written two weeks into the pandemic, its lyrics appropriately reflective of bleakness and a sense of feeling alone, while also acknowledging the powerful communal sense of seeking sunshine. Ethereal synths and dreamy guitar tones complement calming vocals in the verses — “we’ve been in isolation for over a century,” — “it’s a nice vacation, but I’m lonely.” The hypnotic dream-pop cast leads to a lovely transition in the final minute, with a brighter, sense of optimism relayed audibly over lines like “really miss the sunlight.” “A Lone Song” is a consuming collaborative success.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

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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