Pokkisham – “Cages”

Photo Credit: Tatiana Gorolovsky

“Cages” is an ardent, standout single from Pokkisham, an artist from St. Albans, UK. A gradually evolving, soulful appeal captivates through a riveting vocal lead and escalating key twinkles, with glimpses of strings weaving in. “She leaves her dreams on the road,” the vocals ascend, into the bustle of the “day is through,” expanse; the heightened vocals during the “breaking them down,” invigoration sends chills.

The track reflects a pivotal decision Pokkisham made years ago, to depart her corporate lawyer career to pursue music and songwriting. Amidst familial and cultural pressures, Pokkisham made the career switch nonetheless, and now resonates with audiences via particularly talented songwriting and performance. Lyrical themes within the track reflect rebellion and self-discovery — “if only she stood up, when they counted dreams,” — while also emphasizing that time is never too late to pursue your dreams. Drummer Marco Quarantotto and bassists Jason Reyes comprise the tight rhythm section.

The artist elaborates further on the track:

“It is a call out to anyone struggling to pursue something more fulfilling in their life, to still believe in their dreams, and to feel able to break out of the “Cages” that they may find themselves in, no matter what age or stage they are at.”

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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