S.J. Armstrong – “Nobody Knows”


The opening track on S.J. Armstrong‘s recent album The Narrow Coast, “Nobody Knows” emphasizes the dynamic rock talents of the Seattle-based artist and multi-instrumentalist. Soaring guitar work enamors alongside a lush and harmonious vocal lead, bridging a sense of ’80s rock nostalgia with a power-pop vocal affection.

The title-touting rise finds charming accompaniment in the bouncing keys and lingering guitar distortion. A delectable guitar solo approaches the second minute, appearing throughout as a melodic bridge between the consuming vocal segments. The stirring “Nobody Knows” is indication of what to anticipate throughout the rest of this well-written album, which explores “the spectrum of human emotion in the modern world.” Look for a follow-up album to release sometime in the second half of 2023.

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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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