Lapdog – “Yellow Belly”


“Yellow Belly” is a smoothly captivating single from Salt Lake City-based artist Lapdog. A stream-of-conscious exploration into “ideas of unresolved relationships / friendships,” the track stirs with its breezy guitar work and lush vocal entrancement. A hazy, summer-set charm is abundant throughout its standout production.

“I let my mind roam free,” the vocals let out calmly after ocean-minded reflections. The ensuing “I think of times from before,” glides into crisp, jangly guitars with effortless engagement. Multi-layered vocals enthuse in the opening segment, caressing in its reflective pairing and slight tonal differences. The key-laden touch during the “just a little bit more,” adds to the glowing, laid-back qualities.

A tender guitar emphasis past the one-minute turn shifts seamlessly back into the “lonesome on the ocean,” ruminations. The “take a trip,” section adds an uptick in vibrancy, and then into a satiating finale with wordless vocal affections and fluttering guitar twangs. “Yellow Belly” is a gorgeous production from Lapdog.

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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