Harlow Road – “Clock Hands”


Compelling with a hazy yet playful pop sound, “Clock Hands” is a new track from Harlow Road, a Massachusetts-based artist who describes the release as “about my experience with the concept of time and how quickly it moves.” The lead synth-forward squiggle finds comforting accompaniment in the minimalist percussion, concocting a nostalgic pull as youthful-feeling vocal samples drive into lead vocals that acknowledge they’ve “put everything behind me, I’ve been sleeping under pine trees.”

The carefree, confident lyrical vibe meshes cohesively with the familiar, warming key-forward melody and lazy-day afternoon underlying shimmer. “The sun sets at 4, I just lie on the floor,” the vocals let out, adding further to the contemplative appeal. “Did you even try?” the vocals ask toward the conclusion. Bolstered by a stellar music video with fittingly lo-fi charm, “Clock Hands” is a fun success from Harlow Road.

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

This release was discovered 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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