Pastis – “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Photo Credit: Ashley Wolf

Helsinki-based five-piece Pastis impress with an infectious rock sound throughout their new single “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The second single from the band’s upcoming sophomore album (out later this year), “It’s a Wonderful Life” is described as “a bittersweet love story,” influenced by films like its namesake and Pretty Woman.

Opening lyrics, yearning for Vivi amidst a backing organ and twangy guitars, leads into a roaring guitar-fronted progression. Suave vocals and acoustical shimmers adorn the engaging verses, the lyrics literally and figuratively mentioning “setting the mood,” as the guitar-laden intensity rises. The final minute is a melodic spectacle; an enveloping back organ corresponds with enthusiastic guitar lines, as hooky vocals ease in sporadically. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is an enthused, melodic rock success from Pastis.

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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