Damn Stargazers – “Bask”

Photo Credit: Chris Eckhardt, Dan Morrell

“Bask” shows continued success from Damn Stargazers, first catching our ears with the American southwest-inspired instrumental rocker “Terra” last summer. The project from Dan Morrell ascends into spacey, synth-inclined heights with “Bask,” whose twinkling keys and lush synth-based caressing finds inspiration from “sun-soaked afternoons during a solo writing road trip this past summer where I produced a series of songs while traveling,” Morrell says.

The glistening keys and warming bass pulses are accompanied by sharply melodic guitar twangs. Throughout, a mixture of live instrumentation and thoughtful samples converge to produce a sound abundant in starry-eyed wonderment. Numerous moments excel with seamless additions, like the lush layering of synth pads past the one-minute turn, and the eventual fade into solely keys, synths, and guitars as the rhythms fade in the track’s conclusion. “Bask” continues to showcase Damn Stargazers as a project fully capable of stirring atmospheric allure.

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