rosetan – “smoke”


Washington-based act rosetan muse on impressionable childhood memories amidst an angular post-punk charm on “smoke,” the opening track on the band’s third EP, let go.

“Do you remember going over your friend’s house?” the vocals open, remarking how “the pungent smell of cigarette smoke,” in that memory led to your decision to “never smoke.” The sporadic guitar glistening and suave bass line concocts a post-punk tint reminiscent of Wire, with a nocturnal ’80s nostalgia apparent in the guitar tones. “It’s funny how these childhood memories shape you today,” a more charismatic vocal emerges, with the “constant need of reassurance,” sequence enamoring with the moody guitars and playful synth flourishes. “smoke” is a stylish, consuming success from rosetan.

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

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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