The Mellons – “What A Time To Be Alive”


A poignant rocker with throwback appeal, “What A Time To Be Alive” is a melodic track from The Mellons, a four-piece from Salt Lake City. The verse’s lyrics — speaking to being “lost in a moment,” and within a dream-like state — is complemented by playful guitars and subtle baroque-pop elements, particularly in the twinkling keys and underlying brassiness.

A more prominent orchestral flourish emerges prior to the irresistible title-referencing chorus, exuding a hypnotic and replay-inducing appeal. The band’s charming synergizing of baroque-pop and rock is especially apparent in this infectious sequence. The band’s vintage charm meshes with a modern synergy throughout this memorable track.

The band is led by songwriting duo of Andrew Beck and Rob Jepson, and are joined by multi-instrumentalist and producer Dennis Fuller on bass, and percussionist Ian Francis on drums.

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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