Marvin Serland – “19/12”


“19/12” is an atmospheric rocker from Florida-based artist Marvin Serland. Moody saxophone and late-night piano tones lead an atmospheric sound, meshing ’80s rock guitar tones with melodic sophisti-pop keys. Later piano and guitar convergences remind fondly of later-era Talk Talk. The sprawling six-minute effort features a plethora of interesting shifts, all without gravitating too much in a jam-centric direction. Throughout, there’s a myriad of clever, catching melodic shifts. “With open arms you invite me to your world,” Serland signs during a spacious, bass-fronted section, bolstered by gorgeous saxophones and piano in the subsequent hook. Shades of Talk Talk and Prefab Sprout; I’m enjoying this release thoroughly.

“This song was written about the intense sense of yearning that typically saturates long-distance relationships,” Serland writes.

“19/12” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 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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