Midnite Gossip – “Streetlights”

A wintry spell is cast throughout “Streetlights,” an atmospheric single from Calgary-based pop duo Midnite Gossip. Comprising Nicky Markin and Michael Valenzuela (Mickey Valenz), the project crafts a melodic and scenic success. Stirring piano and added percussion complement lyrics that reflect falling snow and isolation. The “I’m all alone,” vocal rise into the jangling guitars makes for an especially riveting moment, embracing the further scenes of nocturnal snowfalls.

Past the two-minute mark, a rousing guitar emphasis shifts the track into brief rock-inclined territory. Markin’s riveting vocal lead re-emerges amidst the more wintry sparseness to close things out, sighing “you don’t even see me,” into a chilling silence. “Streetlights” is a stellar output from Midnite Gossip, whose sound will certainly appeal to fans of The Xx and other atmospheric pop surveyors.

The band elaborate on the track:

“The lyrics and overall vibe of the track is meant to address the feeling of isolation that many people experience during the winter months and especially during the holiday season when they are surrounded by people yet still feel lonely.”

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

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

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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