Kaminski – “Dakota”


An intriguing success with interweaving post-punk and chamber-pop touches, “Dakota” is a recent single from Kaminski, the project of Dutch singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Derek Kuipers. The track’s beginnings waste no time in showing a darkly engrossing allure. Anxious guitar pulses are taken over by a prominent twinkling lead, bolstered suddenly by an entrancing post-punk rhythmic backing.

The weary vocals consume with patient effect, escalating beautifully into a striking chorus with distorted guitar enveloping. Strings and murky guitar developments excel through the mid-point, an atmospheric showcase of Kaminski’s production and more experimental structural pursuits, which are achieved fully here, and throughout Kaminski’s new album, My Diary Lied, streaming below:

Per the artist, “Dakota” “describes how a brave girl from his childhood crashed in the process of breaking free from a religious cult, while he himself was standing by and not daring to do so.”

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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