Unknown Caller – “Borderline”


The final of Unknown Caller‘s summer releases, “Borderline” caps off the impressive run as a funky pop success. Hazy synth pulses, funky rhythms, and charismatic vocals lead, reminding fondly of Toro y Moi’s aesthetic. The NYC-based artist builds upon the funky suaveness with satiating results, the “I’m the boy,” rise captivating with heightened guitar and rhythmic emphasis. A smooth bridge around 02:20 — “can’t stop feeling paranoid,” — adds the feeling of a slowed-down jam to the mix, thoroughly succeeding, as the rest of the track does.

The track follows up “Waste Our Time” and “Sometimes” (feat. Noah Chenfeld).

Unknown Caller explains more about “Borderline” below:

“It’s about that transitional period of a relationship when you’re getting to know someone and everything clicks, but you’re both figuring out if a relationship is something you can balance. It’s also more broadly about being on that midway point – on the borderline of switching jobs, moving cities etc. My mid-20s often feel like a changing phase of my life and I wanted to capture that feeling.”

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