Trevor Forrest – “If You’re Not Real”


Exuding a grandiose rock sound with theatrical vocals, inspired from the likes of Queen and Muse, “If You’re Not Real” is a riveting new track from Trevor Forrest. Spacey synth tones and soaring guitars concoct a mysterious introduction, the ensuing thumping rhythm and charismatic vocal lead entering more pop-forward territory. The track is abundant with stylish production and rewarding melodic turns; the “everything,” rise captivates with raucous emotion and backing vocal effects, as does the wordless vocal emotion past the two-minute mark. The Brooklyn-based Forrest, who has impressed prior with tracks like “Countless Ways” and “Likely Story,” struts a continuation of his hooky, artistic songwriting with “If You’re Not Real.”

Forrest elaborates more on the track below:

“This track is about a descent into madness and a chorus harkening the main character back. This song is based on a true story, once I watched someone enter a dissociative fugue after drinking too much at a party and started stealing things, this later led to a break-up. Though I barely knew this person, in my head I just wanted them to ground themselves, hence the lyrics to “name three things you can touch, taste, see if you’re not real” while the first verse tells things from what I imagined to be their perspective- of wanting to watch everything burn.”

“If You’re Not Real” 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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