Ted Tyro – “Ladder”


Finding a comfortable meeting place between peppy garage-rock and psych-pop whimsy, “Ladder” is a new track from Ted Tyro, a band from Louisville, Kentucky. The interacting guitar lines remind me fondly of Field Music. The verses present a bass-led sound with punctuated vocals, with the second half showing a more flourishing, guitar-laden charm — with a bit of Kinks-esque charm. Bustling bass line and more fluttering guitar tones lead into a satisfying conclusion. The track touts an amiable, melodic quality throughout with hypnotic guitar-pop inclinations.

More about the track, from the band, below:

““Ladder” is about the inequality and amorality inherent in American capitalism. Why is there such a jarring lack of empathy in this country? Why do elected and corporate leaders look down on suffering people and flatly refuse to help? Why do the police keep killing black people in their own cars, in their own doorways, in their own beds?”

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