COOL HEAT – “Paranoid”


“Paranoid” is a dreamy rocker from Chicago-based act COOL HEAT. A gently ruminating bass-heavy introduction casts a hypnotic spell. The glistening guitar presence past the first minute expands into a lovely, shimmering allure, which never lets go throughout the track’s duration.

The initial lyrics play aptly amidst the scaled-back pace following the guitar-based push — “fading out, calming down.” Vibrant guitar-led escalation past the one-minute turn remains a constant thereafter, playing with especially memorable effect alongside the serene vocal entries in the final minute. “Paranoid” is a laid-back, hypnotic entry from the talented COOL HEAT.

The track comes via COOL HEAT’s new album, Nowhere, streaming below:

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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