Sugar Nap – “Harms”


“Harms” is a hazy, twangy success from Sugar Nap, the project of Washington-based artist Caleb Kallander. Suave vocals enter amidst flickering guitars and steady bass line, expanding beautifully past the first-minute mark upon the key-laden glistening. The vocals tout a melancholic yearning here, tonally, that works especially well into the soaring bridge that evolves into woodwind-laden frolicking. “Never had time but you didn’t wanna choose,” Kallander sings following this sequence, straddling an ideal line between suave recollection and rising emotion. “Harms” touts fantastic production and songwriting, the psych-friendly twang resonating alongside memorable vocal melodics.

Kallander elaborates more on the track below:

“This song was written on a remote beach in the far north western corner of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. I had taken a solo backpacking trip and sitting around an inescapable coming sunset, found myself writing a story about a character type with many faces, each face morphing into “any flavor” you’d like; a character filling a void that seemed to only be present in the dark, stillness of solitude.

The recording process was very fun, and the first of the songs released to feature a studio besides my home studio, Humble Jungle Studio.”

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 Rock.

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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