Strawberry Blonde – “Rearview”


A track from NYC band Strawberry Blonde, “Rearview” grips with an emotive rock sound that expands from lush yearning into a cathartic, brass-touched soaring. “Falling down, crashed landing,” the vocals let out during the escalation. “Calling out your name.” Themes of loss and mourning are evident amidst the powerful instrumentation, impressing in its dynamics from emo-rock swells into the dreamier twangs approaching the three-minute turn.

The final minute stirs with the brassy blares and trickling guitars intertwining. The vocals appear a final time — “I’ll be seeing you in the rear view, I’m calling out your name,” — and reinforce the track’s powerfully intimate composure, reflecting on grief with heart-tugging resonance.

Liam Connors (vocals/guitar) elaborates on the track’s personal themes and inspiration:

“After my Dad died, I didn’t realize how much I would need music to help me process losing him. Allowing myself to be vulnerable and write songs about the experience was scary, but it helped me confront grief head on. “Rearview” became a meditation on death and a testament to the power of the connection we share with our loved ones, like the one I shared with my Dad.”

Stream the rest of this stellar EP:

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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