Sean James – “Comete”


The beautifully consuming “Comete” is a new track from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sean James. Graceful acoustics and vocals comprise an inviting introduction, reminiscent of Paddy McAloon’s folk-forward offerings. Expansion with chamber-pop fervor shows thereafter, with a range of instrumentation that transports in time while also bolstering the emotive beauty. Lush acoustics and ethereal vocals build with soaring captivation, especially rounding that two-minute mark. Evolving with creative structural progression and timeless melodic pull, “Comete” impresses.

“It features friends from around the world on true 18th century period instruments,” James explains. “The strings you hear come from a Viola Da Gamba, a more ancient relative of the cello, and the woodwinds are alto and soprano recorders. These baroque instruments were recorded remotely around the world.”

“This song is a deeply personal to me and lyrically about how challenging quarantine was on my relationship and many others, and about weathering through the impossible setting that came upon us all.”

James was formally in the Brooklyn-based band King Jane, presently on hiatus though featured previously with their Deep in the Garden EP.

“Comete” 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 Indie Folk.

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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