IMBER – “Heat”


Released today from the Bristol-based duo IMBER, “Heat” infectiously fuses electronic rhythms and melodic guitars with suave vocals. A slight percussive pulse complements chilly keys to assemble a consuming introduction, the soulful vocals yearning “to forget about the things we used to be,” prior to the guitars’ lovely emergence. The “we’re falling,” refrain plays with replay-inducing appeal, the bass-fronted “colder than I ever knew,” succession also standing out.

IMBER was started by Ben Imber, impressing in November with the track “Trance.” In 2022, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist James Imber joined the project; “Heat” represents their first collaborative single, and releases with label Kitsune Musique.

“Heat” is also the first song James and Ben wrote together during lockdown in 2020. “We were in the same house during this period and found this song was inspired by losing a lot of the things we were working towards, but this allowed us back to our roots where we had the opportunity to write music together again,” the duo says.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Pop.

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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