Astral Orange – “Monsoon”


Wowing with its hooky, synth-fronted psych-pop sound, “Monsoon” is a standout new track from Astral Orange. The track’s beginnings arose in 2020 on a retreat in a Northern Arizona cabin, and has since then been worked on carefully, with the final result being a wholly memorable one.

A climactic opening, led by steadily enveloping synths, glides into brisk percussion and passionate vocals. The vocals’ emergence coincides with the synths assuming more effervescent tones and a free-flowing melodic expansion. A soaring vocal whimsy and blistering fuzz-guitar energy entrances about a minute thereafter, growing into an emotive synth-pop yearning rounding the two-minute mark.

The conversational vocal samples lead a lusher step-back, portraying a an effective interlude that leads into yet another successful melodic shift. “Monsoon” touts a warmly familiar production in the vein of Tame Impala, though also impresses in its range of creative hooks and capricious structural charms.

This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Synth-Pop.

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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