Ottawa-based artist Highwood Atlas casts a scenic spell with “A Fine Resonance,” as chilly keys fit alongside lyrics reflecting overgrown ditches, Lake Ontario waters, and a general sense of urban decay — “all the ways that they used to be.”
Dreamy vocals and a gentle electronic-tinged folk palate converge for a stirring production, with the title-touting chorus sending chills in its “it’s only light,” proclamation. Gentle strings and psychedelic, sitar-y influence add beautifully as well, coming together cohesively with the synth-laden trickling underlying.
The wholly memorable track takes inspiration from the post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2023’ Spotify playlist.