Half Bath – “Michigan”


“Michigan” is a lovely new track from Half Bath, the Washington, DC-based project of Reed Doherty. Twangy guitars and heartfelt vocals kick off, exuding a swaying, nonchalant charm. “We’re only here for a couple of years,” the vocals let out, capturing the fleeting sense of time, especially in relation to familial occasions as time progresses. The track’s primary hook — “somebody at a festival told her, she should really move to Boulder,” — is melodically irresistible, also relaying effective lyrical sentiments about the drive to leave one’s hometown, also echoed in the closing line: “You ran away ‘cause someone ignored ya / Back in Michigan.” “Michigan” hits all the right marks.

Regarding the track, Doherty writes: “I wrote it in April and its mostly about the guilt that I feel about not visiting my family enough and being bad at keeping in touch and then the stark realization that the pandemic was only going to make that worse. Then I slapped a catchy-ass hook on it.”

“Michigan” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2021’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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  1. Woweezowee, thanks for the write-up! “Melodically irresistible” might be my favorite phrase of all time, haha.

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