Ben Dalby – “Season of the Knife”

Cover art by kolahari

“Season of the Knife” is a striking new track from Southampton, UK-based artist Ben Dalby. Available on a variety of streaming platforms, via this link, “Season of the Knife” relays concerns about the tumultuous times today, amidst a nostalgic alt-rock sound with shades of The Go-Betweens and Television.

The track’s lyrics resonate with a poignant brooding, anticipating melting ice, rising waters, and toxic fumes. “You breathe the fumes, you hope it’s safe,” Dalby sings during the climactic bridge, driving to the psych-friendly “you can hear the waves,” exultation. The backing vocal addition here, alongside the tender guitar twangs, makes for a timeless resonance. The title-referencing verses thereafter exude a Tom Verlaine-esque suaveness.

“Hear a sound, hit the ground, stay down, stay dead,” the closing refrain lingers, an apt summary of the anxieties present in today’s world. “Season of the Knife” channels such energy into a confident rock sound, propelled by stirring songwriting and poignant lyrics.

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