Elevator Small Talk – “Common Ground”


An initially unassuming rocker, “Common Ground” offers several catching melodic shifts, and a conclusion that launches into wonderfully dazed psych-pop territory. The track is a thorough success from Elevator Small Talk. Hazy guitar flickering and dreamy vocals lead following the initial washed-over synth. The 40-second mark finds a lush transition with twangy, dreamy guitars and chilled-out vocals, capped by a spacey synth effect. The calming verses and melodically satisfying chorus coexist with seamless charm, as does the nostalgic rock hook at 02:05. A trippy synth envelops in the final minute, digging into friendly psych-pop territory alongside the playful guitar chirps and steady percussion. “Common Ground” is a stellar piece of songwriting from Elevator Small Talk.

Regarding the release, the band add the following: “Recently written, recorded, produced and released from a bedroom in PDX OR, this track was an experiment in combining production elements of pop and psychedelia with singer-songwriter style guitar and lyricism.”

“Common Ground” 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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