The Dwindles – “Hand Signals” + “After Those Years”


The new EP from Canadian band The Dwindles, Memories From The Pale delights with a catching rock sound, ranging from the peppy energy of “Hand Signals” to the late-night murky contemplation of “After Those Years.”

EP opener “Hand Signals” charms with brisk guitar jangles and a reflectively enthusiastic bass line. A lush vocal envelopment emerges cohesively alongside slight keys. Underlying guitar distortion adds a textural glow as the vocals ascend emotively, balancing soaring whimsy and tightly constructed jangle-pop with full satiation.

Another highlight, “After Those Years” showcases the band’s range in its intertwining nocturnal synths and creaky guitars; the atmospheric pull is fully evident throughout, with a darkening post-punk spirit emanating as the muted vocals and guitar/synth pairings enamor. These tracks, and the EP in general, impress with their balance of melodic immediacy and atmospheric pull.

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These 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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