Paul Feder – ‘Never Sleep’ EP

The new EP from Brooklyn-based artist Paul Feder, Never Sleep is a cohesive follow-up to 2021 EP Nightwalk, again pursuing a spacey electronic production with intriguing structural turns and hooky reveals. The opening title track repeats “never go to sleep,” with feverish intent amidst vibrant synth pluckiness, scaling back into a spacey glistening and contemplation prior to a more vibrant second half; it’s a satiating opening to an EP abundant with atmospheric pop charm.

Following the elegant and string-infused feelings of “Home,” the finale “Wonderful Day” shows a brighter pop enamoring with an Erasure-esque rhythmic playfulness in the first minute. “Don’t leave anything behind,” the vocals plead, guiding into a chirpy synth lead. The effervescent, upbeat qualities resonate with replay-inducing effect, as “this is the end of the line,” vocals play poignantly into the final moments. Feder engagingly blends radiant songwriting and production throughout Never Sleep.

“Never Sleep” 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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