groan room – “don’t forget your cane”


Manchester-based band groan room impress on their new track “don’t forget your cane.” Showing a stirring, expansive folk sound with twinkling piano and vibrant acoustic guitars, the track’s lyrics resonate with poignant reflections on lockdown and relationship burdens. There’s a glimmer of hope alongside the feeling of aging without a path, the lyrics remarking “or am I too late, won’t somebody tell me what to do?,” and “you’re only 28, you’ve got so much left for you,” amidst the hypnotic guitars and sporadic twinkling keys. Following years where many have felt a sort of aimless wander, these lyrics play with a resounding sincerity, sending chills in addition to the perky and melodic arrangement, which pursues an experimental psych-friendly direction in the final couple minutes.

The band elaborate further: “The song is a gentle hymn to all those who have felt lost during lockdown. It talks about the struggles of long term illness, and the strain that it places on our relationships.”

The track was produced by Joseph Spencer (Northling) and Zac Thompson (Sleep Surgeon).

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ 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.

Send your music to [email protected].

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.