Morning Silk – “Skin” (feat. Sur Back)


“Skin” is a shimmering pop anthem from NYC act Morning Silk, conveying a dazzlingly melodic array of synths and hooky vocals. Brooding synths and pulsing percussion complement climactic vocals to start, lyrically emphasizing the balance to “chase your dreams and pay your rent.” An additional, effervescent synth layer drives to Sur Back’s vocal addition, exuding a lushly captivating charm. The “if you don’t pay the rent,” hook shines, followed by a delectable bridge reminiscent of Toro y Moi with its interweaving guitars, synths, and perky vocals. The guitars reassume prominence as the three-minute mark approaches, then fading in favor of spacey synths that construct a sweeping, atmospheric pull. “Skin” is another supremely melodic showing from Morning Silk.

“I lost a lot of work due to Covid, so I started writing music again,” says Morning Silk’s Frank Corr. “We opened up songs from six years ago and finished one of them. This sort of set in motion a new sonic palette for us. For some reason, the words “pay the rent,” kept popping into my head. So with a simple melody, we put “pay the rent” over some heavy synth bass sounds. I wanted this bass line to sort of have an energy of its own, so Matt, Rob, and I listened to some DirtBike for inspiration.”

The project was featured previously in September, with the track “Don’t Try Hard Enough.”

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Pop.

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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