Karaboudjan – “Scatter”


“Scatter” is a delectable slice of psychedelic pop from Karaboudjan, the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Billy Kim. No stranger to audible atmospheric beauty, having toured with Tycho since 2016, the Orange County-raised Kim crafts a sound steeped in immersive textures and blissful serenity. The single follows up Karaboudjan’s 2021 debut EP, Imago.

A spacey synth arpeggio, lush and hypnotic, drives pleasantly into brisk percussion and understated vocals, a consistent aspect throughout “Scatter.” Clamoring guitars emerge amidst a spirited vocal rise around the 01:30 mark, embracing a more rock-friendly direction thereafter that meshes cohesively with the dreamy guitar/synth synergies. “Scatter” is a gorgeously atmospheric psych-pop success from Karaboudjan.

The project’s name, Karaboudjan, is a tribute to Kim’s father. “The name had always fascinated me – it was the name of a ship in The Adventures of Tin Tin,” Kim says. “I remember begging my parents to take me to the library so I could check out the next book in the series with which I was so infatuated. For me, Karaboudjan reminds me of the purity of my youth and it’s enormous curiosity of life unlived.”

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