reilly – “Outside”


Developing from dreamy, wintry allure into an infectious rock sound, “Outside” is a recent track from Denver-based singer/songwriter reilly. Serene synths and yearning vocals build a sound that gradually perks up, the “I wanna go outside,” hook emerging enjoyably as the one-minute mark approaches. There’s a surf-pop-esque tinge to the vocals during this section that appeals. The final section, a guitar-fronted rock onslaught with reflective keys, brings forth an energetic, replay-inducing blast of fresh air — just as a trip outside intends.

The artist elaborates more on the track below:

“I wrote this song in the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and didn’t do anything with it for months. The song was written to be a fast paced rock song like it turns into in the end, but I liked the idea of starting slow and digital to convey isolation. This song doesn’t sound like the stuff I normally write, which I think is pretty cool. 90% of it was recorded and produced in a hotel room on a work trip.”

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