Hollow Bodies – “One of Us”


Seattle-based act Hollow Bodies infuse jangly guitars and ethereal vocal harmonies on the memorable “One of Us,” described as “a toe-tapper about the meaning of home.” The contrasting lyrical descriptions intrigue in portraying a sense of distinctive otherness — “one of us dreams, and one of us sleeps and stares.”

The lyrical perspective is a witty, satirical one — emphasizing “anti-immigrant politicians” who shout their isolating “only one of us can be one of us,” rhetoric. The depicted journey for a place that “feels like home,” in the midst of naysayers proves stirring, particularly with a vocal lead that resembles the soaring tones of Paul Heaton alongside resonating guitar shimmering.

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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