Noa Lachmi – “Dirty Water”


“Dirty Water” is the stirring debut single from Noa Lachmi, a Danish artist also known for their work in the band Velvet Volume. Touting a chilly folk sound with entrancing vocal and brass additions, “Dirty Water” represents the first of numerous releases from Lachmi, who crafted the release with partner Jack Kilburn (producer of Velvet Volume’s third album Nest) in their cottage, nestled in the countryside of southern Zealand.

“I love traditions, secret wisdom,” the vocals sing during the brisk acoustical backing, expanding into wordless vocal harmonizing that escalates alongside brass flourishes and thematic momentum (“first year of marriage.”) The steady acoustical backing is adorned gorgeously by jazzy whisks of vocals and brass, crafting an elegant and consuming production.

Lachmi elaborates on the track:

“‘Dirty Water’ is a desert tale. A dream of a very old and forgotten story which I don’t know but feel as if I do. I can feel the story in my body and it tells through my facial features. I haunt my Yemeni Jewish roots through my art to pursue wholesomeness. By praising the mysticism, the longing and sorrow, I feel less lonely.”

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