Shadowbanned – ‘Summer Dream’ EP


Offering up three stellar tracks that span from ’60s psychedelic pop to dreamy shoegaze inspiration, Summer Dream is a captivating EP from Shadowbanned. The project is led by producer/songwriter Chris Sizemore — who was born in Nashville and is now based in Manchester, UK — alongside an ever-evolving cast of vocalists and musicians from around the globe.

The opening “I Don’t Want To Wake Up (From This Dream)” wastes no time in conveying the group’s big sound; frolicking woodwinds, hypnotic guitar jangles, and lush vocal effects craft a stimulating soundscape with ample intrigue. Brassy blares emerge during the melodic chorus, punctuated by a title-referencing yearning. Intriguing strings linger in the background, cementing the track’s enthralling cinematic pop aesthetic.

“Summer Song” succeeds in its warming ’90s nostalgia, its dreamy alt-pop allure led by hazy vocals that delight — especially into the lush “weeks and years,” sequence. The calming bass line and washed-out guitar textures conjure a comforting, throwback feeling. “On This Day” closes the EP, and cements its 3-for-3 success, with spacey synth tones and pulsing percussion complementing a soulful vocal captivation.

Stream the EP, below:

“I Don’t Want To Wake Up (From This Dream)” and other tracks 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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