Matt Monsoor – “Galloway”


“Galloway” is a contemplative folk track from Matt Monsoor, also echoing a nostalgic ’90s alternative feeling. Guitar strums and bass complement lush vocals to start, the suave inflection just past the one-minute turn consuming. The “44 years in, you’ll ask yourself,” intrigue entrances with the mellow key-laden charm and pulsing bass line. The “so it goes,” burst presents a successful structural twist, the breathy backing vocals exuding a ghostly quality into the playful flute-like airiness. “Galloway” is an easy charmer from Monsoor.

Monsoor also worked with Shane Leonard (J.E. Sunde, Field Report) on the track; Leonard added fresh drums to the mix, in place of the original MIDI backbone. Presently, Monsoor is planning a studio return for February, working with Leonard and Matthew Skemp (Volcano Choir, Collection of Colonies of Bees) on an EP.

“Galloway” 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 Folk.

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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