Moraine – “Life In This Haunted House”

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“Life In This Haunted House” is a riveting introduction from Moraine, representing the first single from the Baltimore-based band’s upcoming debut album.

Dynamic tonal contrasts are quickly on display. Quaint guitar murmurs escalate into a thunderous blast of distortion, emitting a hard-rocking vigor. The vocals’ emergence comes alongside a steadier guitar-based pulse, conveying a sense of ’90s alt-rock nostalgia in the angsty vocals and structural shifts, fondly reminiscent of Matthew Good Band.

The raucously consuming chorus features a dual-fronted vocal presence, playing infectiously with the blaring guitars. The solemn, grungy lead and excitable backing pair for a convincing fervency. Production and mixing from Phillip Odom (Code Orange, Turnover, La Dispute) contributes to the track’s captivating rock sound, which has me amply anticipating the band’s next release.

Guitarist/singer Jason Brohm elaborates further on the track, which resonates in its personal intimacy and relatable metaphorical focus:

“‘Life In This Haunted House’ is about going back to the house I grew up in and it being completely silent with no life in it, and the eerie feeling that accompanies such an experience. All that’s left are memories, good and bad. I keep waiting for my grandma to just come out and give me a hug, knowing it’s never going to happen. The song is about facing the past and learning how to move on with your life. It’s about seeing a house physically fall apart just like your loved one’s mental state.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 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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