Andy Smythe – “Prodigal Son”


London-based artist Andy Smythe impresses with the gorgeously produced single “Prodigal Son.” Ravishing strings and harmonizing vocal intrigue compel immediately, as lyrics capture the feeling of “returning home after travelling.” The reference to “sacred spaces,” proves comforting amidst the chamber-pop orchestral stylings. The “on the ceiling,” escalation intertwines uplifted vocals and more prominent string-laden theatrics, establishing a riveting mid-point into the satiating conclusion.

“Prodigal Son” casts a contemplative, patiently unfolding charm throughout, maintaining a gripping composure with exceptional choices in production. Allegorical references to tree branches, and its role of support, add further to the poetic prowess. From the sporadic dual-vocal touches to the eclectic range of tonal strings — ranging in higher-pitched heart-tugging to somber initial reflections — “Prodigal Son” proves gripping from start to finish.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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