SERF – “Unknown, Unknown”


Successfully venturing into a faster-paced vein of post-punk and garage-rock, “Unknown, Unknown” is a recent track from SERF, the project of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist Rory Maxwell. The track comes via the project’s new album The Dunes You Wander In. A thumping bass line and fragmented guitars converge with ominous vocals for a convincing aesthetic allure, from the get-go. The soaring vocal push around the three-minute mark, with a grunt of sorts accompanying a lovely bass line shift, makes for an especially entrancing moment. The lyrics explore “the escapism of anonymity,” with an angsty punk-friendly tint, the moodier verses and more anthemic chorus coexisting cohesively. “Unknown, Unknown” is among numerous standouts on the album, streaming below:

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