Alessandro Takeshi – “Ghosts and Dead Ends”


“Ghosts and Dead Ends” is a shimmering track from Alessandro Takeshi, infusing aspects of folk and dream-pop with twinkling keys and a hooky vocal lead. Wordless vocal enthusiasm and soaring instrumentation, with a spirited acoustical backbone, establish a gripping introduction. A vibrant vocal presence leads into a gratifying hook — “I don’t know how it’s happened again, all that I see are the ghosts and dead ends that I was running from before, wondering where the future went.” This section, and the ensuing twinkling bridge, reminds fondly of The Shins. Takeshi shows wonderful production and a knack for melody here, serving as an accessible entry point to Songs About Cars, a strongly recommended album.

The track comes via Takeshi’s new album Songs About Cars. The Maine-based artist shows a wide range throughout, from this track’s accessible yet inventive folk-pop nature to ragtime-piano hybrid “Opportunities.”

Stream the rest of Songs About Cars below:

“Ghosts and Dead Ends” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 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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