Stuart Rose – “Hole”


Gentle synths and soft vocal charm craft an alluring sound on “Hole,” enamoring with its’80s synth-pop and sophisti-pop nostalgia. The track comes via Los Angeles-based artist Stuart Rose, who describes the release as “about my former struggles with substance abuse and desperation to find recovery. It is deeply personal to me and was written as a way to come to terms with my difficult past.”

Twinkling synth hypnotics and soothing choir-like vocal effects linger in the lush background. The lead vocals emerge — “I was living in the afterglow, seasons changing under my nose,” — with a retrospective contemplation, depicting struggle and the perseverance that is needed — “tells me to keep going.” The “what am I waiting for?” chorus enamors with its effervescent synth qualities and uptick in vocal charisma, reaching a sort of catharsis in the renewed vigor for life. “Hole” is a hooky, emotive success from Stuart Rose.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of April 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Sophisti-Pop.

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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