LB Beistad – “Why Don’t We Go West”


“Why Don’t We Go West” is a gorgeous new single from LB Beistad, a singer/songwriter from rural East Tennessee whose cinematic folk sound conveys yearning and a look to the future. Lyrics reflects on “days and weeks,” amidst a subdued rhythmic backing, as twangy guitars sporadically drop in.

The cathartic “why don’t,” vocal sequence proves haunting in its backing textural glow and multi-layered vocal backing. “Why don’t we go west?” is asked with a gripping immersion; a subdued bridge past the two-minute mark rises with loving cohesion into the central chorus, replay-inducing with each entry. “Why Don’t We Go West” is a showcase in stirring songwriting from LB Beistad.

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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