Pylon Heights – “VHS”

Photo Credits: Heather Reeson, Jon Sandman, Christopher Crowther

“VHS” is the latest track from UK act Pylon Heights, engrossing with a steady acoustical build, ardent vocal retrospection, and a memorable melodic evolution. Described as “mainly a POV account of a breakup, and the cascade of emotions that follow it,” the track swells from quaint acoustics into a rousing, shimmering anthem. “Let’s press pause,” the vocals repeat during the lush one-take acoustic guitar emphasis that follows this rise, poignantly capturing a feeling of desperation within a relationship’s escalating tumult. The constant contrast between acoustic-based retrospection and coming-to-grips anthemic rises makes “VHS” a ceaselessly engaging success from Pylon Heights, a follow-up to 2020’s The Arizona EP.

Pylon Heights elaborate further on the track’s inspirations:

The loneliness of lockdown, the effects (both immediate and long lasting) of a breakup and the emotional vulnerability, and connection between friends have all come together within VHS. The song is both a breakup song and a love letter.

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.

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