BARCLAY’S – “hello…!?”


A devastating late-night rocker exploring the fragility of relationships, “hello…!?” is a new track from Louisville-based artist BARCLAY’S. Creeping guitars and melancholic vocals tout a nocturnal, spacious production fondly reminiscent of King Krule. “It don’t help that I’m drunk,” the vocals confess into the escalating guitars, with the “was it that love was a game for you?” hook delivering a spine-chilling resonance. “hello…!?” plays like a yearning confessional after a late night out, in the best way possible.

The artist elaborates on the track’s inspirations:

“It’s a song about last year. I made a mistake and nearly jeopardized my sweetest, longest-term relationship. Pain and insecurity slowly bled in the aftermath, and I realized how precious romance can be. I wrote this song shortly after as a letter to myself on the sanctity of love and as a reminder of the foolishness that can uproot a relationship overnight. It’s in stark contrast musically and lyrically to my previous debut single “comatose.” I intend on using this single to establish my versatility.”

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