Robert Vendetta – “All By My Handsome Self”

Photo by Marius Martinsen

A track released this week from Norwegian artist Robert Vendetta, “All By My Handsome Self” struts a hooky rock and retro-pop sound, thematically exploring a crumbling relationship. Bouncy pianos glide into a forlorn vocal lead — “I heard you got married.” The backing guitars recall a Strokes-esque rock feeling, while the “all by my handsome self,” chorus reflects a hooky, timeless pop nostalgia. The track would sound fitting both in the company of ’70s New Wavers like Talking Heads and modern rock mavens. The culminating vocal rise past the two-minute mark, followed by a playful piano-focused segment, concludes “All By My Handsome Self” with a memorable melodic fervor.

“I was actually going to rehearse some Soul Children songs – Norwegian gospel music – when ‘All By My Handsome Self’ came to me,” Robert says. “I did not play very well in that rehearsal but was very happy with the song I had written.”

The track comes via Robert’s forthcoming album All By His Handsome Self, out on 9/30.

“All By My Handsome Self” 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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