Rye Golde – “Places and the Times”


A captivating debut single from Rye Golde, “Places and the Times” stuns with its dreamy folk engrossment. Serenely entrancing vocals and gentle guitars guide to an emotive expansion past the one-minute mark, falling gracefully back into the nocturnal folk feeling thereafter. This aforementioned rise strikes with spine-chilling vocal expansion; multiple vocal layers converge with soaring qualities, reminiscent of Weyes Blood’s production, particularly with the piano-laden glisten during the “got nothing left to give,” vocal. “Places and the Times” impresses with its diverse tonal structure, shifting effortlessly from folk-laden intimacy and gorgeously ethereal vocal rises. I’m excited for Rye Golde’s second single and beyond.

Golde elaborates further on the track, below:

“Written in a state of complete despair, this song emotes both hopelessness and surrender, symptoms of an ever-progressing codependency and substance-abuse spiral. About a year after its conception, I began recording this track as a newly sober person, seeking compassion for a younger self that was surviving with what she knew. Recorded and produced in the basement with my partner, artist Nate Nakshian, the creation of this record represents a year-long journey of coming home to myself.”

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 Folk.

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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