Burnt Sugar – “Lorelei”


“Lorelei” is a stirring single out today from Burnt Sugar, the project of New Orleans-based musicians Spencer Nessel and Mac Folger (Lawn). “These feelings never change,” the opening vocals sigh, driving into a warming string-laden lead amidst gentle piano and a hint of rhythmic bossa-nova.

“Take this as a sign I might be afraid,” the vocals caution amidst chilling wordless backing reflections. “I keep asking why these feelings never change.” The track’s assortment of weeping strings, heartfelt vocals, and graceful piano combine for a resonating entry from Burnt Sugar.

The track was recorded with Nick Corson and Duncan Troast (The Convenience and Video Age), also featuring Mac Folger (Lawn) on fiddle and Simon Moushabeck on piano. “I wrote it a few years back after listening to a bunch of Marcos Valle and binging Gilmore Girls,” Nessel says. “It is a quasi samba/lounge/pop tune about the peaks and valleys of longing and desire.”

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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