Billy Summer – “Fiddle Leaf Fig”


Fuzzy guitars and warming, melodic vocals guide the breezy “Fiddle Leaf Fig,” a new track from Billy Summer. The artist churns out music from “The Ward,” a “cozy recording studio surrounded by palm trees on the gulf coast of Florida.” There’s an enjoyably carefree feeling throughout, attributed to a hypnotic wall of guitars and mellow vocals — even upon pushes of distortion, like the 50-second mark, which eventually glides into a hazy synth accompaniment. Reminding me of Deerhunter’s poppier, brighter efforts, “Fiddle Leaf Fig” is a satiating meshing of hypnotic rock and pop from Billy Summer.

“This song lyrically is from a dumb joke we have about turning into a character called Jack the Snipper who sneaks through the neighborhood taking clippings from trees to plant at their own house,” the artist explains. “Picture a black gloved hand with a pair of pruners as the horror movie still. Not too deep, but we joke about it. Melody wise, I wanted it to feel hopeful, and upbeat.”

“Fiddle Leaf Fig” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 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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