Retrograde88 – “Falling”


Boston-based band Retrograde88 compel with a dreamy yearning on their debut track “Falling,” exploring “the emotion/experience being scared of falling in love.” Formed in 2021, the band impress with this debut, strutting a sound that escalates from lush retrospection into a resonating, chilly escalation.

Prancing guitars concoct a dreamy allure to start, with sporadic percussive pulses evolving into a steady rhythmic accompaniment. The ascending vocal pitch within the enamoring “and I’m falling through,” bridge resonates alongside the effervescent keys, with the ensuing “whatcha gonna do,” hook dazzling further. A synth-drenched dream-pop fantasy engrosses in the captivating finale minute. “Falling” is an impressive, melodic introduction from this talented act.

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

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Dream-Pop.

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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