The Prickly Pair – “Long Gone”


Gorgeous guitar twangs and heartfelt lyrics star on the stirring single “Long Gone,” a track from duo The Prickly Pair. Thematically touching on “the loneliness of pandemic isolation,” “Long Gone” offers a resonating fusing of folk, country, and pop. The project was formed by Irene Greene and Mason Summit during the pandemic, where they met as classmates at the USC Thornton School of Music. The couple moved to Nashville, from Los Angeles, last year.

“The intro is inspired by old AM radio, and really influenced by the work of Sparklehorse,” they explain. Recorded in spurts, between Los Angeles and Nashville, the track thoroughly showcases the project’s memorable songwriting. Lyrics yearn for leaving a bustling life behind in favor of drives through the Californian desert, bolstered by country-inspired guitar twangs and consuming vocal melodies.

The AM radio influence is evident early, with the spacey synth flourishes emerging into the old-timey guitar heart-tugging. Solemn vocals recount stopping to grab some gas and head out, with “no fixed address,” as both vocalists emerge with cohesive charm. “Don’t go looking for me, I’m long gone,” they let out, with travels of being eastbound and down through one-horse towns lingering alongside the hazy organs and warming guitars.

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

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

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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