Pete Hollis – “Why is Your Hand Touching Mine”

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Enamoring with ’80s synth tones and smooth vocals, “Why is Your Hand Touching Mine” is a nostalgic pop track from Pete Hollis, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer from Greenville, SC. Inspired by Dua Lipa, the track captures “a fateful string of events that led to falling in love for the first time.”

Hollis’ eclectic range of influences — from Whitney Houston to Mac Miller — enable an accessible and familiar production, highlighting melodic songwriting and polished vocal work. Spritzy synths and a funk-tinged bass line lead into amiable vocals, reminiscent of Erasure. The percussive kick-in projects ardent momentum, as the backing vocal effects further the intensity. The “crashing on your couch,” bridge plays with lush endearment, traversing into a fully satiating central hook.

“The song is about falling in love for the first time and not believing that it’s real,” Hollis says. “Questioning and wondering why someone would fall in love with you.”

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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