The memorable “Garth” is a new track from Husbands, a duo with members based in Seattle and Oklahoma City. Chugging guitar and soft synths accompany quaint vocals initially, expanding into a rising “cruisin'” hook in the Ariel Pink / John Maus vein. Written in reference to the town of Yukon, Oklahoma, the track references hometown celebrity Garth Brooks. Specifically, Husbands describe “Garth” as “about living in the shadow of greatness, transcending the small-town mindset, and the sensation of cruising the main drag and feeling mixed emotions of nostalgia, joy, ennui.” An open-road suaveness converges with atmospheric synth tones, and an effective overall theme, for a track that resonates.
“Garth” 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 Indie Rock.