Team Leader – “Volumes”

Photo Credit: Laurence Ghorra

“Volumes” is an alluring new track from Team Leader, the Manchester-based duo of Joel Harries and Quincey May Brown. Tranquil keys complement Brown’s stirring vocals, as flickering guitars join alongside an added backing vocal reflection. “I’m leaving with my best friend, I don’t know what language he speaks,” Brown sings during the ensuing verses. “When he steals my gaze, I see volumes that transcend our fleshy beaks.” There’s a romantic, emotive quality that fully convinces, especially amidst the backing vocals and brassy warmness. A guitar-led conclusion plays hypnotically. “Volumes” is a consuming track from Team Leader.

Per the duo, the track is “centered around themes of hiraeth, a welsh word with no direct English translation, likened to a homesickness for a place you can no longer return to.”

Another recent track release from Team Leader, “Should Be” is further exemplary of the duo’s songcraft and atmospheric mystique, treading into more dream-pop territory in the vein of Mazzy Star:

“Volumes” 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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