Cruisers – “Hold On Tightly”


A dream-pop gem from Los Angeles-based act Cruisers, “Hold On Tightly” consumes with captivating vocals and twangy, enveloping guitar bursts. The duo of Danny Torres and vocalist Ieva Berberian impress throughout, touting a sound fondly reminiscent of Beach House. Lusher verses contrast enjoyably, with ethereal synths and serene vocals guiding the way. Emergence of guitars throughout add nicely to the soundscape. “Hold On Tightly” is an aesthetically consuming and melodic success from Cruisers.

Per the duo: “This song lyrically is about having a false sense of security, and clinging to something which no longer serves you.”

“Hold On Tightly” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 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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