TAM – “Mental Souvenir”


An emotive psych-pop character captivates throughout the track “Mental Souvenir,” a stellar showing from TAM, the project of Los Angeles-based artist Tommy Mai. A love for ’60s and ’70s media — ranging from psychedelic pop to the film scores of the era — is enjoyably audible on his material, from the get-go here with the twangy guitars and lush vocals. A blissful mixture of keys and acoustics then lead to a vibrant hook, where vocal soaring, glistening synths, and expressive guitars converge for a delectably replay-inducing turn.

“This song is about memories and how certain thoughts are metaphysical manifestations of ourselves that chase us in life at any instance,” Mai says.

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 best-of Spotify compilation Best Tracks of 2022.

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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1 Comment

  1. This dude shreds!! I can’t wait to hear more music from him the coming year! He’s definitely on my list of “must watch” acts

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