The Gloom – “Requiem (for Joan of Arc)”

Photo Credit: Michal Shanny

Heartrending vocals, moody guitar jangles, and lush strings present a consuming sound throughout “Requiem (for Joan of Arc),” the emotive lead single from The Gloom‘s second EP, Coffee & Clementines. A more vibrant soundscape compels throughout the track’s second half, exuding a ’90s alt-rock nostalgia in the spacey synth backing and jangly guitar bounce.

The London-based artist crafts a hypnotic pull throughout the first half, led by guitar tones that echo a post-punk/new-wave spirit. The Gloom cites influences such as This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins, and The Cure; “Requiem (for Joan of Arc)” captures a similarly atmospheric, passionate sound. A percussive rise and synth injection at the mid-point, paired with added vocal passion, commences an anthemic finale, fully resonating upon the concluding refrain and power-anthem guitars.

Stream the EP, below:

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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