Toy Cities – “Four Walls”


Impressing previously with tracks like “Apparitions” and “Float Away,” Toy Cities again strut a gripping blend of new-wave, post-punk, and synth-pop sensibilities. “Four Walls” is their latest, another gem from the Brooklyn-based duo of Michael Nesci (vocals, guitar) and Mitch Lee (bass, synth). Roaring guitars and dizzying synths waste no time in establishing an excitable intro. Synths fade as calming vocals emerge, with post-punk guitar tones emerging thereafter alongside punchy vocals. Eventually, the synths, guitars, and melodic vocals converge for a hooky sound that fans of Toy Cities are familiar with by now. “Four Walls” continues the project’s success.

The band, who wrote and recorded the track during lockdown, notes that it “deals with the sudden impact of isolation on life and love.”

“Four Walls” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2020’ Spotify playlist.

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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