about-faces – “Under the Sun”


A consuming debut single from Leeds-based band about-faces, “Under the Sun” struts a hooky rock sound with intertwining vocal layers and relatable themes. Failed relationships, particularly in the context of bittersweet nostalgia, are explored with a positive message: “to embrace life and move on.” A primary lyrical refrain — “wave a white flag, I’ll surrender,” — proves reflective of such, emphasizing the importance of recognizing defeat and moving on.

“She wants to be friends, that’s fine,” the vocals let out to start, clearly establishing the relationship’s complexities. The prognostications of a shifting relationship status is firmly conveyed into the “white flag,” vocal hook, with “remember when,” retrospection and “never be lovers again,” passion furthering the approach. “I surrender,” an impassioned vocal burst relays into a wave of guitar-laden energy. “Under the Sun” is a fully resonating debut from about-faces.

The band has achieved a steady momentum since the single’s release, appearing on BBC Leeds for an interview alongside an addition to the Spotify playlist ‘Fresh Finds UK & IE.’

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