“Pandering Meandering” is a new track from Lunavela, the project of New Zealand-based singer/songwriter Steve Mathieson (formerly frontman of Collapsing Cities). There’s a vulnerable Brit-pop quality to the melodic vocal yearning and quick-swiping guitar progressions. “I want to tell you how I really feel, but I know it will turn you off,” Mathieson beings the track alongside playful guitars. “I just wanna hold you, but I know the rules, you never get a girlfriend when you want one,” he sings as the melody exudes a more sentimental yearning. The mid-point sees the vocals fade as the guitars invigorate alongside a thumping rhythmic expansion, guiding seamlessly again to Mathieson’s amiable vocals and hooky title-referencing refrain. “Pandering Meandering” is a passionate, catchy success from Lunavela, lyrically “about Mathieson’s confusing trials and tribulations with online dating – specifically going on what he thought was a date, that turned out not to be.”
Look for Lunavela’s new album, Imposter Syndrome, to release in 2022.
“Pandering Meandering” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ Spotify playlist.