hendren – “Cannot Heal”


A steady alt-rock composure enamors on “Cannot Heal,” the latest single from hendren, an artist from Utrecht, Netherlands. Subdued slabs of guitar distortion provide a warming fuzz, as percussive stomps and a melodic bass line enter the fold thereafter. “Cannot heal, I cannot heal,” the vocals let out. “‘Til you forget my name.” An added guitar line injects further vigor as the second minute approaches.

A multi-layered vocal immersion takes hold around the three-minute mark, with a dreamy backing adding to a more expressive lead; the initially debonair tone, amidst the husky guitars, gears seamlessly into this emotive, dual-layered captivation. “Cannot Heal” is a sturdy rock success from hendren, who blends a hypnotic song structure with ardent alt-rock guitars.

The artist elaborates on the track’s themes:

“Cannot Heal is a song about neurodivergence/adhd. Now that I know what it means, I know I’ll never heal from it. The constant distractions around me and the pendulum swing of my mental health make more sense now that I know my brain wasn’t wired for this society.”

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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