Strutting a hooky electro-pop depiction of insomnia, “Can’t Fall Asleep 2023” is an infectious track from Michigan-based artist Koala Harbor. A pulsing rhythmic composure and steady vocal lead drive into the addictive “I can’t fall asleep,” chorus, with the bouncy synths and psych-friendly tonal haze driving to more enthused verses and a delightful chorus-driven reprise. The second half emphasizes the track’s strong atmospheric pull, as the vocals play a more occasional role as the thumping bass and assortments of keys/synths intermingle with seamlessly melodic charm.
“Can’t Fall Asleep 2023” is the lead single from Koala Harbor’s debut album, Those Who Are Lost Must Wander, releasing in September — and described as “a concept album that delves into the themes of self-discovery and the idea of what it means to be human in a world where technology and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly intertwined with our lives.”
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.
The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electronic Pop.