Close Drive – “Variegation”


Philadelphia-based quartet Close Drive compel with a caressing, twangy rock sound on their new track “Variegation.” Per the band, the effort thematically “looks on the stages of life that connects humans and nature together,” — releasing aptly in the springtime, as flowers, wildlife, and people all emerge into the flourishing renewal of nature.

Lush underlying acoustics and twangy guitars complement a calming vocal lead, expressing that “all my leaves are changing.” “You say it’s over,” they let out during the breezy and melodic chorus that ensues. A soaring vocal presence concludes the section with a serenely intoxicating glow. Multiple lyrical references to seasons changing resonate amidst the meditative blend of soaring vocal lushness and delectable guitar twangs.

Alongside producer Tyler Ripley, the band is at work on multiple releases, set to release throughout the year.

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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