The White Russian – “You Are”

Photo Credit: Yasuyuki Otsuki

“You Are” showcases the folk-forward ardency of The White Russian, the project of Joseph Giffard Tutt, a singer/songwriter born in Suffolk and based in London. The track releases via dripdrop records, and follows up December single “Cancer Knee.”

The track finds inspiration in Joseph’s struggles with chronic fatigue and resulting altered states of consciousness. “I’ve had periods of feeling disassociated from my body and from a normal reality,” he says. “It has felt like my life may as well have been a dream.”

The “lucid dream,” refrain resonates amidst trickling acoustics, emitting a haunting allure considering the context. There’s a wintry feeling to the quaint, sharp-cutting guitar tones and solemn vocal lead. The “lucid dream,” escalates the overall pace, as does the higher-pitched vocal and twangy guitars as the three-minute mark approaches. The culminating, anthemic rise aids the track in its satiating conclusion.

“You Are” represents the title track from The White Russian’s upcoming EP, releasing on March 3rd. The White Russian will also perform on March 12th, at The Old Church in Stoke Newington, London, to launch the EP.

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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