Sandmoon – “Wake Up”


A spacey pop charmer, “Wake Up” is a new track from Sandmoon, a project from Lebanon, Beirut. “Wake up, stand up,” the confident vocals convey during an especially majestic rise, propelled by lush synth arpeggios and dreamy vocals. There’s an enamoring mystique throughout, elevated especially in the final minute, when gentle guitar pulsations combine with the weightless synths and Sandra Arslanian’s captivating vocal lead.

The Lebanese act flourish with a sound meshing familiar dream-pop engrossment with a Middle-Eastern influence. Born in Lebanon with Armenian roots and raised in Belgium, Arslanian fronts a project that engages with its melodic, atmospheric blend of pop and rock. “Wake Up” is a testament to Sandmoon’s melodic songwriting and lushly entrancing mode of production.

Arslanian elaborates on the track:

“’Wake Up’ is a song about looking beyond superficiality, going to the essence of things and of yourself… ’And then you heal.’ The song was written during one of the COVID-lockdowns and after months of protests in Beirut. ‘Wake Up’ reflects the intensity and the transformative power of everything the people in Beirut and in Lebanon have lived through in the past two years.”

The track also releases alongside a lovely music video, directed by Salim Mrad:

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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