A new track from Bad Visuals, “So Broken” touts enjoyable layers of guitar, which coverge for a shoegaze-friendly textural allure. Vocals accompany in a power-punk/pop spirit. The aesthetic meshes genres from the ’80s and ’90s, doing so with a creative, unpredictable engagement. The guitar distortion approaching the two-minute mark, with “I wanted to,” vocal pleas, makes for an especially effective moment — especially as the next section, with the heavy bass and pounding percussion, continues that momentum with spirited passion. “So Broken” succeeds with its beautiful textural guitar work and hooky vocal emotion, conjuring nostalgia with melodic success.
“So Broken” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2021’ Spotify playlist.