Burnt Log – “A Disturbance”


“A Disturbance” shows a dark shoegaze-inspired sound from UK artist Burnt Log. Late-night guitar tones and solemn, reflective vocals express a sort of dreamy yearning amidst layered textural guitars and ample atmosphere. The rhythm section echoes with a modern post-punk reverberation, adding to the dark-tinted allure.

“I’m gonna lose my head again,” the weary vocals let out. “Please try to stop me seeing red again, or green or blue.” Further warnings — “you should be careful where you tread again,” — express a meaningful remorse, which plays chillingly as the guitar-based ferocity escalates around the mid-point. “A Disturbance” is a stylistic and melodic success from Burnt Log.

The artist elaborates on the track: “A song about fighting with your partner and the regret felt by the cruelty of scoring points. Attempting to go in a more of a shoegaze direction with the guitar effects whilst emphasising the propulsive groove of an Interpol song.”

He continues: “I wrote this song about recently and inexplicably developing a short fuse. As a formerly placid person I find it disturbing and regret how it negatively affects those closest to me. I start off writing lyrics about how I am feeling then realise how completely unremarkable that is so I create fictional subtext. I enjoy ending songs with a suggestion that something more sinister is going on. Hopefully some listeners may eventually notice and then alter the way they feel about the song.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop / Shoegaze.

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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