Dave & I – “Don’t Be So Obvious”


“Don’t Be So Obvious” is an alluring dreamy pop single from Los Angeles-based Dave & I, the solo project of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Julian Curelop (formerly co-creator and lead vocalist for dream-pop duo For Sure). The track is described as “about not laying all your cards on the table and protecting your heart.”

Bird-chirping, a mellow bass hop, and hazy synths concoct an illustrious soundscape — one fitting for summertime days in the park, even as the initial vocals set the scene at “almost midnight.” The culminating, title-touting hook plays entrancingly amidst the playful guitars and and hazy background effervescence. Its themes resonate in encouraging a move-on from lamenting over past melancholy: “Tonight I’ll be okay and tomorrow I’ll just melt away.” “Don’t Be So Obvious” stands out with its dreamily melodic charm and production, helmed by Sam Sobo and Julian Curelop.

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