Alfah Femmes – “Desperate Disco”

Photo Credit: Kamila Cwiklinska

From No Need to Die, the impressive new album from Polish six-piece Alfah Femmes, “Desperate Disco” is a track that impresses with its melodic vigor and aesthetic creativity. The group’s merging of rock and electronic elements is a continuously impressive element of the whole album, and is enjoyably represented in “Desperate Disco.” Creeping vocals integrate with spacey synth blasts and murky guitars to start, setting up a uniquely powerful feel. The production flourishes after 01:20 are particularly impressive, with snarling guitars, a distorted backbone bounce, and glistening synths converging with seamless precision.

Featuring an eclectic sound that ranges from this electro/rock mash-up to lusher, hypnotic pop gems like “Another Go,” No Need to Die represents one of the year’s finest debut albums. Per the band, the album “deals with the concept of identity based on a collection of different old pieces of scraps buried in a closet – which parts are to be recovered, and which to be discarded; reclaiming selfhood and its circumstances.”

Stream the rest of the excellent No Need to Die below:

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

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

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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