Posted November 18, 2022 by Mike Mineo in

Ben Pagano – “Feeling Down”

NYC-based artist Ben Pagano enthralls on the rousing “Feeling Down,” navigating both spacious synth-laden soundscapes and impassioned rock with cohesive success. He describes the effort as “an atmospheric, moody rocker where I explore how one can become too comfortable & stuck ‘feeling down.'”

Haunting synth-laden dreaminess and trickling guitar jangles form a nostalgic yearning amidst a slight percussive pitter-patter. Lyrics speaking of becoming “part of the machine,” and feeling nothing add to a sense of despair, uplifted with synth flourishes into the guitar-fronted rise. Shades of The War on Drugs entrance here, with some Neil Young also apparent in the vocal theatrics and rising guitar-based momentum. “Feeling Down” is a powerful, dynamic showing from Pagano.

Stream Pagano’s new album, Exploring Dreams, below:

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. Send your music to [email protected].