Oblique Dream – “Designer Suntan” (feat. Katie In)


“Suntan” is a lushly entrancing track from Oblique Dream Designer, a project from producer/songwriter Abram Shook that features guest vocalists. A dreamy sophisti-pop gem, “Suntan” marks the project’s first single, and features Katie In (of the Des Moines-based band Pink Neighbor), in addition to backing vocals from Emily Cross (Loma, Cross Record). A mellow bass line and tranquil synth builds to an expansion around the 40-second mark, when a spritzy synth line and more fervent vocals captivate. The bouncy synth flickers kick off the verses with enchanting allure, the dual-vocal interweaving of In and Cross sending chills with a nostalgic sophisti-pop pull. “Designer Suntan” is a gorgeously melodic and stylistically savvy track from Oblique Dream.

The project is prepping a full-length album, due for release in 2022.

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

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

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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