Posted December 5, 2022 by Mike Mineo in Rock

JJ Byars – “Nod and Applause”

Exceling with its dynamic rock sound, “Nod and Applause” is a new single from JJ Byars, a California native who has become prominent in the New York City scene. Bustling rhythms and swift guitars complement a ghostly vocal presence in the initial verses, conjuring Radiohead comparisons.

The climatic bustle of the verses builds brilliantly to the expansive chorus. “With every inch of my being,” Byars repeats amidst invigorating brass additions. “With every inch I resist the urge to crawl out of my skin.” A murkier yet gorgeous finale caps off this gem in satisfying form.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2022’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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].