Mono XL – “Brown Eyes”

Photo Credit: Belén L. Yañez

An anthemic pop mover with suave electric guitars and spirited synth lines, “Brown Eyes” is a new track from Mono XL, the London-based project of Mike de Lis. “We spent some time together,” he opens the track amidst playful synth pulsations, then lyrically shifting into a more forlorn tone: “but when I heard about him, the world just fell apart.” From here, glistening guitars accompany a yearning vocal presence, bolstered by an infectiously melodic guitar line driving into the two-minute turn. The hooky vocal sections remain a force until the final two minutes, when the track assumes an enjoyably instrumental shift with synth-laden effervescence and futuristic atmospheric allure. “Brown Eyes” showcases both peppy electro-pop and textural electronica in quality form.

“It is equally uplifting and melancholic and talks about how falling in love makes you feel alive, even if it is unrequited,” de Lis says of “Brown Eyes.”

The track was created alongside producer Piti Varela, who is also co-producing Mono XL’s debut studio album, out later this year.

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