Moviola – “Zero Sum”

Photo Credit: Camille Housh

A timeless-sounding rocker with soaring appeal, “Zero Sum” is the new single from Moviola, a band from Columbus, Ohio. Suave guitar tones and steady percussion give way to the understated vocals, gradually adorned by backing vocal reflections, reminiscent of The Replacements. The title-referencing chorus is aided by a bright organ alongside the melodic vocal caressing, traversing seamlessly into the twangy classic-rock feeling of the verses thereafter.

The final minute enhances the hypnotic fervency with looser organ-based theatrics and wordless vocal enthusiasm, escalating feverishly into the gorgeous surf-pop inspiration within the conclusion. Moviola’s prolific discography dates back over 25 years and includes ten records. “Zero Sum” is a stellar addition to their catalog, showing a melodic and stylistically memorable sound.

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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