Highwood Atlas – “A Fine Resonance”


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.

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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