Arktik Lake – “Shimmer”


A psych-friendly slice of jangly rock, “Shimmer” is the opening track from the EP of the same name, from rock collective Arktik Lake. The hypnotic guitar jangles throughout conjure a familiarly inviting feel; guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, formerly of Australian psych-rock staples The Church, leads throughout the EP — alongside drummer Nigel Macara, guitarist Tony Rumble, vocalist Olivia Willson-Piper, and bassist DC. “Stand back and let it watch,” Marty sings as the guitars escalate with shimmering qualities; Olivia Willson-Piper’s backing vocals add a delightful quality at points throughout. The “galaxies of stars,” and “astral travelling,” lyrics plays poignantly, the guitars exuding a spacey jangle that exudes an atmospheric pull. “Shimmer” richly opens an EP that captivates throughout.

Stream the EP below:

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