Wolves – “are cigarettes a direct link to hell?”


Wolves is a bedroom-pop artist from Michigan, whose 2021 has already bore several consuming tracks. Lush, soulful vibes are apparent throughout, with hypnotic vocals and synth-forward production dazzling. The track “are cigarettes a direct link to hell?” is particularly indicative of the project’s talents. Woozy synths and forlorn vocals engross into the “spinning,” refrain, combining with the meditative synths for a trance-inducing state. Lushly enticing, “are cigarettes a direct link to hell?” is a great place to start with Wolves.

Wolves says the following about “are cigarettes a direct link to hell?”: “This song is about that feeling that overcomes you when you start falling into old habits and you feel like you’re losing your connection to the world/people around you.”

Entangling” is another success, exuding a jazzy feeling with the smoky vocals and mellow key/bass correspondence. The added dose of synths joining with vocal escalation at the one-minute mark, followed by stop/start tendencies of percussion, make for climactic and atmospheric immersion throughout.

Further, “Heavenly Body” — described as “a song about innocent love,” — is ideal for rainy-day introspection, the caressing keys and enveloping vocal repetition being truly hypnotic. The track “Aware” is also nicely demonstrative of the project’s spacious soundscapes and dream-pop inclinations. These efforts all combine to show Wolves as a promising, talented project with a knack for dreamy, meditative soundscapes.

“are cigarettes a direct link to hell?” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 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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