CHLSY – “555”


A stirring rock anthem from Nashville-based group CHLSY, “555” comes via their upcoming EP, Quantum Entanglement, out on September 9th. Impressing this past winter with the track “No (Hard) Feelings,” CHLSY continue to impress with a compelling rock sound that’s led by Chelsea Gilliland’s spirited vocal presence and the band’s knack for hooky, anthemic rises.

“’555’ is about ending a relationship,” Gilliland says. “Now is the time for separation, tower moments, and growth. Growth must be accomplished in separation. ‘555’ was written when I was at an imbalance of energy. I see those numbers before big changes happen in my life, so really, the title is about needing change.”

“Maybe I made a mistake,” she sings prior to the first percussive-driven rise, the self-doubting lyrics driving to an invigorated chorus with distortion-friendly warmness. “I told you not to wait for me, because you deserve much more than me,” drives into the blistering “it’s just a matter of time now,” hook, crunching with melodic fervor. The track never lets go from there, with its alt-rock nostalgia and general pep. CHLSY continue to impress here, and I’m certainly anticipating the forthcoming EP.

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