Jackson Watson – “Eye Candy”

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Out today from Jackson Watson, “Eye Candy” is a lush and hooky success. The artist — who was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama — impresses with a swooning pop sound, integrating dream-pop and R&B engrossment on this tale of island-set new love.

The track’s lyrical focus — telling of falling in love with someone on an island — plays aptly amidst the playful synth tones and hazy guitar tones. The “to me, you’re just so stunning,” vocal confessions play engagingly, complemented enjoyably by fuzzy synth tones with a nostalgic pop demeanor. The drive to the two-minute turn is particularly consuming, culminating in an added synth-forward glistening that adds well to the doting lyrics.

Watson drew praise for his full-length debut album, Kaleidoscope, released in 2021. He is presently prepping his sophomore album, Numb, which is set to be released on October 21st. “Eye Candy” represents a single from the new album.

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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