Night Hymns – “Blue Bottle”


Showing a confident and twangy rock sound, “Blue Bottle” is the latest single from Vancouver-based artist Night Hymns, the project of the singer/songwriter Wei. Initial lyrics warn of slowing the pace “before the sun sets over the town,” conjuring a sense of an excitable night ahead with appearances from members of “the midnight crew.” A hint of classic rock, in rockabilly form, is evident in the guitar tones and “think I love you,” switch-up, charming with a timeless and hooky feel.

The project’s no-frills rock ‘n’ roll sound meshes with a dynamic, emotive pull for a memorable listen. The “I am feeling blue,” sequence shows an emotive sincerity, gearing into the suave verses thereafter with cohesive engrossment — showing shades of Camera Obscura’s twangy pop allure.

Wei elaborates on the track’s theme and inspirations:

“I am trying to paint my impression of San Francisco with music and words. But the joke is that I am actually writing about living like a happy fly. I got the idea in a café called “Blue Bottle” on a trip to San Francisco. The name just tickled me because it reminded me of a fat fly, probably because the café was not located in the tidiest corner of the city.”

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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