Strumbrush – “Shedding, Tearing” / “Optimist Eyes”


Atlanta-based rock act Strumbrush present a riveting double-sided single in “Shedding, Tearing” and “Optimist Eyes,” strutting an engrossing and hypnotic rock sound. They previously caught our ears in March, with the track “Nightmare Zoo.”

The a-side, “Shedding, Tearing” wastes no time getting started; emotive vocals and charismatic guitar tones play feverishly amidst bustling percussion. The ascending guitar line plays with dexterous charm, leading to a hooky section with swooning backing vocals, just before the one-minute turn. A dreamy sequence in the final minute ushers in the dynamic conclusion, exemplifying the track’s cohesive shifts from dreamy bedroom-rock to more angsty anthemic heights.

Per the project: “The song strives toward self-awareness by exploring the barriers to true and genuine communication and self-expression, and how those barriers can lead to repression and judgement (of oneself and others), ultimately leading to alienation.”

Portraying a lusher, more contemplative beginning, “Optimist Eyes” weaves in caressing acoustics alongside a twangy electric guitar. Serene vocals play with patient engrossment, with the haunting chorus complemented beautifully by a ghostly vocal backing. The chilly, yearningly atmospheric “Optimist Eyes” plays as a superb accompaniment to the more invigorated “Shedding, Tearing.”

“Shedding, Tearing” and other tracks 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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