Lee Trent – “Pessimism”


Lee Trent‘s first single, “Optimism,” is followed up aptly in the recently released “Pessimism.” Acoustical strums and a late-night bass resonance complement initial lyrics exploring the concept of trust. “You might not trust me after I’ve played this game,” he sings, gradually bolstered by string-laden accompaniments. The “self-reflection,” lyrical sequence leads to a particularly expressive use of strings, approaching the two-minute turn.

The track’s solemn musings on trust and evolving relationships echoes with sincerity amidst the wintry aesthetic; the acoustics lend a hypnotic pull alongside the gentle bass line, with the strings providing enjoyably unpredictable spurts of melodic satisfaction during stirring moments like “the things that I fear,” lead-in. “Never thought you would have gone, but I guess that I was wrong,” he lets out during the final sequence, leading to a finale that firmly captures the mood conveyed in the track’s title.

Per the artist, “Pessimism” is “is about a man that is experiencing problems with his significant other, so they leave him and it puts him in a very dark state of mind feeling pessimistic.”

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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