Gallowayyys – ‘Angels With Fangs’


Angels With Fangs is a stylish, delectably moody album from Gallowayyys. The Los Angeles-based artist delivers a darkly cavernous sound with post-punk, art-pop, and punk/emo influence, exploring themes involving “boyhood rebellion and his coming of age into manhood.” The opening title track holds firmly from the get-go, as suavely confident vocals and a hypnotic rhythmic pulse show a sound that’s simultaneously hazy and hooky.

The standout “Heart Throb” also consumes with its nocturnal suaveness. A thick bass pulse concocts a post-punk pull amidst conversational vocals in the intro. A robotic vocal effect and twinkling keys emerge with ample intrigue, exuding a sort of melancholic sci-fi glow. The track commands with its shifting between suave post-punk influence and spacey electro-tinged fantasy.

Riveting soundscapes are abundant throughout the album. “Crazy Like A Fox” meshes spacious ’80s rhythms and forlorn synth mellowness for a thoroughly atmospheric spell. The closing “Buried Alive” weaves nostalgic guitar murmurs and heartfelt vocals with climactic allure, reminding fondly of Yves Tumor. A consistent element is Gallowayyys’ tendency to incorporate vocals that straddle yearning emotion and hooky punches, with the finale enjoyably representative as the refrain escalates in power.

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

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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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