Votive Crown – “Tarnish”


Lushly engrossing, “Tarnish” is a new track from Brooklyn-based act Votive Crown, who impressed in March with “Prize Possession.” Thematically taking inspiration from the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus, “Tarnish” succeeds with an aesthetic beauty. An serenely jazzy flair is evident early, rising to soaring psych-pop around the one-minute turn. Rousing guitars and chilling vocal layers converge about a minute thereafter for the track’s satiating climax. The 30-second conclusion, with blistering organs and sweeping vocals, caps off another stellar track from Votive Crown.

Votive Crown elaborate more on the release below:

“This song and video were inspired by the famous Myth of Narcissus and Echo, in which a nymph with a singing voice falls in love with a hunter who becomes transfixed by his own image and thus falls into the water and drowns in his own reflection. Echo is left heartbroken by unrequited love and turns to dust with her voice echoing endlessly in the woods. Filmed in rural Pennsylvania, this video is a commentary on beauty and narcissism that is ingrained in American culture.”

“Tarnish” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 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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