the FamiliaR IntercoursE of SocietY – “Brutes@barbarian”


“Brutes@barbarian” is an intriguing new single from the FamiliaR IntercoursE of SocietY, the Amsterdam-based collaboration of longtime friends Gish and Ilja Reijngoud. Gish’s multi-instrumentalist work in various bands converges with Ilja’s talents as a professional jazz trombone player, resulting in a darkly intoxicating track with late-night allure.

Described by the duo as “a raw song about free and boundless minds chasing the elusive unknown,” “Brutes@barbarian” engrosses with its suave guitar distortion, horn-laden atmospherics, and hypnotic percussion. The brassy envelopment approaching the two-minute presents with ample momentum, especially upon the synth arp’s emergence amidst the eerie, shadow-y vocal turn. Full of dimly lit mystique, “Brutes@barbarian” is a stirring accomplishment from the FamiliaR IntercoursE of SocietY.

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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