Pure Intruders – “Canoe”


“Canoe” is the warming, atmospheric opener on the No Hard Feelings EP, the latest from Chicago/Atlanta-based trio Pure Intruders. The project self-released three singles in 2020, drawing praise for a blend of bossa nova, disco, jazz, and contemporary pop. This EP furthers their songwriting, while presenting a more intimate approach with acoustics, piano, and vocals at the forefront. “Canoe” is enjoyably representative, the vocals showing a haunting, chilling quality amidst lush acoustics. The final minute, in particular, shows consuming vocal range between suave retrospection and heightening enthusiasm.

“While the singles are a valid representation of how we generally write and explore genres, the EP allowed us to focus on a specific direction and gave us a feel to hone in on” says keyboardist Brandon Suarez. “The EP is essentially the basis of our moniker; politely intruding on genres and artists we love yet creating something that only belongs to us.”

“We wanted to write and release something that fit the times; songs that credited the persistence of managing a difficult year,” adds vocalist Madeline Julia Smith.

Stream this excellent EP in full below:

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