Brother Language – “Epley Maneuver”


Swelling into a nostalgic ’90s rock glow, “Epley Maneuver” comes via Brother Language, a Brooklyn-based project led by Matt Bell. The track is described as “about the vertigo diagnosis of a close family member,” and represents the first single from Brother Language’s upcoming second album.

A solemn acoustical pulse complements emotive vocal layers seamlessly, shifting into a warm distortion-heavy embrace. The vocal tone and heavier-rock escalation reminds fondly of Ozma and ’90s alt-rock in general. The shimmering acoustics approaching the three-minute mark also compel with a spirited charm.

“Epley Maneuver” consumes with its dynamic structural tones and lyrical emphasis; its resonating “are you feeling better yet?” sequence captures the whirlwind of emotions involved in a diagnosis within the family, with a flurry of details and emotions coalescing around the unified desire for hopeful betterment.

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