Ponytails – “Comfort Zone”


“Comfort Zone” is a gorgeous single from Canadian artist Ponytails, exuding a calming mixture of stately piano and nostalgic guitar twangs, aesthetically reminiscent of The Clientele (with an added pop haziness).

Initially, hushed vocals and a textural elegance compel. Additional vocal layers intertwine gracefully thereafter — “I’ll be watching over you,” they sing caressingly. Full of mood and sympathetic charm, “Comfort Zone” is a lovely production from Ponytails.

The artist adds the following about the track and its inspirations:

“Comfort zone is a song I wrote for a dear friend of mine that’s been living through a very difficult crisis over the past few years.

As difficult as it has been to watch a friend go through so much pain, so closely, it has taught me even more about love, care and what the word unconditional really means.

Taking care of each other is one of humanity’s most precious gifts, not a burden. Care comes in many forms, and it’s often challenging to figure out what’s needed, or how to give it. But sometimes the best care we can give is simply witnessing another human’s experience, with open arms, without trying to resolve it or change it. No matter how scary or severe.”

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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