Jess Craven – “doin time”


Strutting an anthemic hook-fronted sound integrating pop, psych-rock, and soul, “doin time” is a stellar track from Jess Craven. Per the Nashville-based artist, the track tells “the story of duality and being stuck in the pain of love, struggling to choose between yourself and walking away or giving love one more shot.”

“I’ve been doing time in the backstreets of my mind,” Craven’s enthralling vocals exude to start, with hazy keys and twangy guitars constructing a striking soundscape alongside. The resulting chorus absolutely shines; various vocal layers concoct a hypnotic spell as moody guitars and an underlying textural glow converge beautifully. The “I’ve been doing time,” sequence makes for a wholly replay-inducing allure with each re-appearance. “doin time” thoroughly impresses with its production, balancing riveting vocal passion with a colorful assortment of instrumentation.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 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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