Kevin Burke – “Big Sunglasses”


The superbly melodic “Big Sunglasses” is the latest from Kevin Burke, balancing a lonely yearning with captivating melodic fervor, featuring an escalating chamber-pop aesthetic. Initial lyrics relay lonesome nights amidst somber piano, eventually evolving into brighter, string-laden charm. The soaring hook — “when I sleep, I dream of places,” — beautifully echoes a sort of escapism, highly relatable in times like these. “And then it all comes crashing down,” Burke concludes the hook, traversing seamlessly back into the verses. The track’s mid-point boasts gorgeous vocal harmonies and twinkling orchestral charm, leading to a fantastic concluding build-up to a final hook reprisal. “Big Sunglasses” is a showcase in consuming melodic songwriting and aesthetic vision.

The artist writes: “‘Big Sunglasses’ paints a picture of a lonely existence in LA with the occasional departure into a fever dream of better times. It balances dark moments with a lush arrangement and tongue-in-cheek lyrics at the expense of the LA social scene.”

“Big Sunglasses” 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 Pop.

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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