Family Cash – “Only For An Hour”


“Only For An Hour” is a soaring rocker from Los Angeles quartet Family Cash, reminding at points of early My Morning Jacket. Following an active intro, the initial verses show a more understated elegance, rising during the consuming title-referencing hook. A stutter-y guitar effect rounding the two-minute mark lends a hypnotic feeling, culminating in a heavily distorted backbone that glides seamlessly into suave guitar adornments, and then back into the smooth verses. The track successfully navigates from melodic vocal-fronted rock into a guitar-fronted sound that excels on all fronts, structurally maintaining a sense of unpredictability in the midst of accessible melodic cohesion. “Only For An Hour” shows stellar songwriting and a captivating rock sound throughout.

Family Cash describe “Only For An Hour” as “a tune about chasing one’s muse and finding that the overlap between both physical and spiritual realms is not quite as thin as it may appear at first.”

“Only For An Hour” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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