Koalra – “Sight Unseen”


Out today from Portland (OR) band Koalra, “Sight Unseen” touts a nostalgic blend of jangling guitars, yearning vocals, and nocturnal synths — blending rock, pop, and post-punk with replay-inducing appeal. Just prior to the one-minute mark, the guitars stretch out alongside the vocals’ emotive escalation. Thereafter, the guitars and bass play reflectively with a moody post-punk allure, enjoyably akin to Interpol’s soundscapes throughout Turn on the Bright Lights. The burst of guitars just prior to the two-minute turn exudes a shimmering, captivating quality — another moment that captures the band’s knack for seamless evolution from quainter post-punk into fervent rock theatrics.

The track comes via Koalra’s forthcoming album, Love Songs To Remind Us That We Can’t Stand Each Other, out on October 22nd. The band describes the album as “a collection of love songs fueled by the disenchantment of our current social and political climate.”

“Sight Unseen” 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 Dream-Pop / Post-Punk.

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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