Distant Lovers – “Hills”


A nocturnal, driving synth-pop sound leads throughout “Hills,” the final single from Distant Lovers‘ debut EP, Shadowlands, released last week. The project of San Francisco Bay Area-based musician Alex Lasner, Distant Lovers struts an atmospheric sound that also emphasizes stellar hooks. One such hook is the “I’ve lost it all,” vocal emergence past the two-minute mark, thereafter leading into a moody post-punk feeling with the heavy pulsing synth-bass and brooding vocals. Moody synths, atmospheric guitar jangles, and withdrawn vocals concoct a stimulating soundscape on “Hills,” one of many highlights throughout the Shadowlands EP.

Lasner describes “Hills” as “about distraction, uncertainty, loneliness, and ultimately acceptance as a means of moving forward.”

Stream the Shadowlands EP below:

“Hills” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2021’ Spotify playlist.

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

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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