Sickpay – “Devoid”


“Devoid” is a riveting rocker from Sickpay, the project of Brooklyn-based artist Mike Birnbaum. Featuring the vocals of Jordan Welner, “Devoid” swells immediately from twangy guitar quaintness into a rousing hard-rocking fervor. Pulsing percussion leads into the vocal entry, initially adorned by more understated guitar reverberations. The vocals ascend alongside the blistering guitar burst past the 40-second mark. A reprisal of this section, approaching the two-minute turn, plays with an entrancing vigor. The track enjoyably showcases the sturdy meshing of alternative and punk-rock throughout Sickpay’s new Pureocracy, EP, streaming below:

Birnbaum also creates electronic pop and reggae music under the moniker D. Gookin, including the hit song “Glad I Met You,” which touts over one million Spotify streams.

This track and others released in February can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 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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