Bending Grid – “Retrowave Marionette”


Bending Grid dazzles with a charismatic ’80s nostalgia on new single “Retrowave Marionette.” Thematically representing “the control and provocation received from a narcissistic partner,” the track hooks easily with its plucky bass line, twinkling synths, and steadily escalating vocals (courtesy of Alexis Dimitriou, from Lost in Wonderland). “You set it up,” the vocals begin during the hooky chorus, with synths, guitars, and rhythms melding infectiously. The central hook lingers enjoyably, with its ample nostalgia and resonating lyrics reflecting the pitfalls of being “played like a fool” by a narcissist.

Synthwave and darkwave versions of the track were also released alongside, comprising the Marionettes EP, a surefire success from the South Carolina-based artist:

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