dumb boy – “rose gold”


A hypnotic single fusing psych-rock and hip-hop, “rose gold” is a new track from dumb boy, a project based in Asheville, NC. A bustling bass line joins percussion and repeating child-like vocal sample, setting for an infectious opening. The lead vocals enter alongside a creeping guitar twang, supplemented by eerie key-laden additions and hip-hop percussive flair. An interesting melodic shift past the one-minute mark — “wish I never even wasted my time,” — amplifies the creaky guitar twangs with resonating effect. “rose gold” is a convincingly hypnotic success that integrates rock and hip-hop with idiosyncratic flair.

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