Transporting me to a nighttime tropical cruise with its mysteriously nostalgic glow, “Where Are You Paradise?” is an engrossing new track from Mermaid in China. The Portland, OR-based act infuse a variety of instrumentation throughout, including lushly recurring ukulele, hypnotic slide guitar, and atmospheric synthesizers. A sparse initial showing of guitars and vocals unfold steadily, with emotive strings and percussive pitter-patter hinting at the atmospheric expansion to follow. Ample rhythmic energy takes hold thereafter, giving off the feeling of traversing into the unknown, especially as the vocals wink: “There’s a secret you should know.” This track’s overall vibe and production captivates and tempts ample replays.
“Where Are You Paradise?” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2021’ Spotify playlist.