Rohith Shaker – “Lake Misery”


Phoenix-based artist Rohith Shaker crafts an emotively gripping sound on “Lake Misery,” reflecting on “concepts of impermanence and transience.” Time feels constantly fleeting, leading to a sense of yearning even before moments slip away entirely. The track captures that sense with compelling mood and lyrical introspection.

“With every heartbreak comes a memory and a story,” Shaker sings in the opening, emphasizing an epiphany into the moody guitar jangling and haunting vocal rise. The lyrics invoke the intricacies of a relationship, though also the nature of time passing as a whole, particularly in the “shift from youth to adulthood.” Shades of Grizzly Bear show in the production, which excels.

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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