Seven Layer Piano Cakes – “Endgame” (feat. VRL)

Photo Credit: Genevieve Lauren (IG: @genevievelaurenphoto)

A new track from Los Angeles-based artist Seven Layer Piano Cakes, “Endgame” touts a dark, gripping rock production with melodic dual-vocal interplay, featuring new artist VRL. Lyrically exploring “the complexities of the ends and aftermaths of long-term relationships,” “Endgame” consumes with its darkly atmospheric alt-pop emotion. Seven Layer Piano Cakes, the alter ego of law professor and attorney Justin Hoyt, continues to impress with this follow-up to February’s hooky rock success “Remy.”

Steadily escalating synth tones and Hoyt’s foreboding vocal tone concoct a brooding, industrial sound to start. VRL’s vocals emerge alongside Hoyt’s during the bridge, conveying feelings of unraveling. The captivating chorus shows a confident fervency in its catchy synth use and passionate vocal duet. Equally chill-inducing is the duet’s power of the “someday you’ll find,” line. The concluding “this is our endgame,” resonance emits an anthemic, rock-forward immediacy, touting the project’s eclectic reach. “Endgame” is a powerful success from Seven Layer Piano Cakes and VRL.

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