Ethan MacKay – “The Wrong Sounds”


“I don’t wanna hurt anymore,” Ethan MacKay sings on his new track “The Wrong Sounds,” a moving success with lush guitars, longing vocals, and emergent strings. The effort stands out with its atmospheric expanse and genuine vocal prowess.

Gentle guitars and solemn vocals build with emotive elegance to start. Eerie twinkling and warming strings past the two-minute turn stands out, with the “I don’t wanna hurt anymore,” vocal weariness sending chills. The morose, intimate vocal presence reminds fondly of Sun Kil Moon, as does the balance of symphonic-laden and traditional folk appearing as the track progresses, with beauty and precision. “The Wrong Sounds” is a stirring success from Ethan MacKay, based in a suburb outside of Baltimore, MD.

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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