Amelie Swann – “Dirty Little Secret” (feat. Lolife)


An eerie pop captivation is apparent throughout “Dirty Little Secret,” a track from Philadelphia-based artist Amelie Swann, and featuring Lolife on guitar, production, and mixing. The duo met through Instagram and took to a Philadelphia home studio to record the track, which takes inspiration from “life events and the poetry of Benjamin Clementine and Sylvia Plath.”

Infusing bedroom-pop and trip-hop inspirations, “Dirty Little Secret” sends chills with Swann’s enigmatic vocal tone, fit for nocturnal contemplation. The track’s thematic focus — “about the fear of letting go of someone who is not right for you and never will be,” — resonates within the range of scorching guitar lines and haunting trip-hop feeling keys.

Lyrics enamor in expressing an inability to resist temptation and personal feelings, even when things are clearly not right. The “already gone,” refrain proves especially memorable in its subdued vocal glimpse and soulful guitar twangs. “Dirty Little Secret” is a passionate yet darkly mysterious success from Amelie Swann and Lolife.

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

We discovered this release 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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