Montauk Hotel – “Dive (Come Afloat)”


A welcome back for Dublin-based act Montauk Hotel, in releasing their first track since 2019, “Dive (Come Afloat)” is a jangly, lush charmer that explores “friendship, insecurity and feelings of homecoming in a motionless town.” The band first caught our ears in 2017, with the ’80s rock nostalgia of “Sense of Place,” and continue to shine with a similar throwback composure with “Dive (Come Afloat).”

Crisp guitar jangles and ethereal vocals lead an approachable, resonating sound — straddling modern dream-pop mellowness with the harmonious ’80s pop nostalgia echoed in prior tracks like “Sense of Place.” A more vibrant guitar line emerges prior to the two-minute mark, as the vocals fade and emphasize this atmospheric shimmering. It’s fantastic that Montauk Hotel are back at it, and I look forward to continued successes like “Dive (Come Afloat).”

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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