Iam Nothe – “Babylon Burn”


Darkly invigorating rocker “Babylon Burn” is a new single from Iam Nothe, a project based in Athens, Greece. Iam Nothe represents the solo project of Spyreas Sid, the former frontman of Cyanna Mercury (2014-2017) and Cyanna (1999-2013). The track is the second single released from Iam Nothe’s upcoming debut album, The Grand Design. A diverse range of artists inspired “Babylon Burn,” ranging from Afro-jazz act Batsumi to Anatolian rockers Altin Gün.

Haunting vocal chants begin the procession with intrigue. “No one knows who can save the world,” the artist lets out, followed by a pulsing percussive presence and reflective synth-laden bounce. The “no one knows,” vocal refrain adds momentum to the rise, culminating the “we are all in Babylon,” brooding. Thereafter, the track’s darker alt-rock standing plays with convincing vigor, reminding of Queens of the Stone Age.

Past the two-minute turn, the chanting vocals again assume prominence, this time gearing into a suave vocal pull and expressive guitar lead. The “I got lost in Babylon,” line further compels the blistering finale, embracing intense vocals, shining organs, and rousing rhythms. Past the three-minute turn, the buzzing guitars and resonating organs gear into the ominous vocal tone. Percussive fervency aligns with further vocal-led intensity — “burn baby burn,” — into a satiating finale of vocal frenzy, blistering guitars, and bolstering organs. “Babylon Burn” oozes with a darkly charismatic rock engrossment throughout.

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