Gareth Inkster – “Lee Shores”

Art Credit: James Tughan

“Lee Shores” is a vibrant single from Gareth Inkster, an artist from Hamilton, Ontario. Hooky songwriting emerges from pop smarts and classical training, with the dexterous initial push of guitars signifying a captivating expanse. Soaring vocals — “walking on water,” — emerge as the instrumentation settles a bit, with the flourishing chamber-pop feelings thereafter captivating as the vocals ascend in emotion.

The track touts a commanding, climactic structure; lusher verses glide into effervescent, brisk instrumentation with rock, pop, and classical synergy. The final minute presents a resonating meshing of guitars and keys that exudes a soaring appeal, ending this shimmering and glistening rocker on a strong note.

The artist elaborated further on the track, on his Facebook page:

“To me, this song is largely about the bonds – sometimes tenuous – between people in relationships (friends, family, lovers, exes, etc.) and the role these ties play over time. Whether experiencing isolation or being among a host of people, these threads remain, and we remain connected. Like a vibrating string, they send out wavelengths of sound which will reverberate throughout the rest of our lives. Sometimes obvious, and often otherwise, it is these connections to others which keep us from being driven toward the unnavigable and treacherous lee shores.

Much of this was actually recorded several years ago in a tiny attic bedroom I was in at the time. It took me a long time to get to finishing it. As usual, Glen Watkinson did the drums, Robinson Inkster did the bass, and this time Brenden Campbell did the lead electric in the chorus.”

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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