Rare Monk – “Coronation”


PDX band Rare Monk deliver more rock goodness with their latest single “Coronation,” written pre-pandemic though exuding much of the anxieties and uncertainties rampant in society today.

Representing the first track from their upcoming EP, “Coronation” traverses from moody guitar twangs into expansive post-rock grandiosity. The initial lyrics — “guard me from what’s scratching outside the door,” — echoes a swelling fear, with the ensuing chorus sending chills. “Hold me down, for coronation,” the vocals let out, with added blasts of guitar distortion past the three-minute mark fully enveloping.

Impressing in prior years with tracks like “Phosphorescence” and “Space Song,” Rare Monk continue to excel with gripping songwriting and rock-fueled structural escalations.

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 Indie Rock.

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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