Cherry Seraph – “watch you blur”


The lushly gripping “watch you blur” is the latest single from Cherry Seraph, an artist from West Yorkshire, UK. The project of Sophie Russell meshes hooky songwriting with dreamy soundscapes, apparent here with “watch you blur” and on preceding single “self-destruct,” released earlier this year and touting a darker sound.

Initial lyrics yearn for the lights to turn down, soothing amidst spacey synths. A percussive rise stirs upon the “I crave the beauty of knowing you’re into me,” admittance. The initial sequence captures personal growth in the context of relationships, from the initial want to be desired to a further sense of fulfillment. The track incorporates field recordings from Russell’s time in Cambodia, adding a further serene touch. “watch you blur” is a spacey pop success from Cherry Seraph.

Russell elaborates further on the track:

“I was traveling in South East Asia last year when my long-term relationship came to an end whilst we were both out there together. I was processing a lot of coexisting emotions all at once and I wrote this song when I was mentally ‘counting down’ the days and minutes before I wouldn’t see them again once I flew home.”

“The song really talks about that strange period where you feel everything so intensely within a break-up that it starts to morph into numbness. I didn’t know where to put what it was that I was feeling, which is evident in the chorus with lyrics such as, “I’m bending under the weight of it all.””

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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  1. Mike, thank you for sharing this music – it’s meditative, full of some Eastern context in the way how the growing conflict just dissolves into surrounding space… Yes, that’s really amazing. That reminded me of my own travel to Thailand two years ago, into that special world where “morph into numbness” goes so naturally… Thank you again for introducing new names, new musicians (at least, as for me, it was a discovery…).

  2. Thanks for checking it out! Happy this resonated with you and reminded you of a special trip 🙂

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