Dreamy synths and soaring guitar lines intertwine engrossingly throughout “Nico,” a new single from Kyoto Lo-Fi, a Dallas-based project led by Nico Caruso. “The song lyrically is a conversation with myself and about myself, dealing with the uncontrollable self hatred and imposter syndrome I’ve had (and maybe a lot of people have?) throughout my life,” Caruso explains. “It’s named “Nico” after me.”
“Isn’t it lovely?” the vocals open gently alongside hazy synths, growing with momentum into charismatic guitar-driven emotion. The bouncy, glistening keys approaching the two-minute turn combines with emotive vocals for an atmospheric pop allure. Jangly guitars flicker inward into the “could you tell me if I changed?” vocal questioning. “Nico” is a yearning, memorable showing from Kyoto Lo-Fi.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.