Small Shake – “Imposter”


Engaging with a steady rock infectiousness meshing grungy guitars with a pop-minded vocal charm, “Imposter” is the debut single from Small Shake, the Seattle-based project of Aarin Wallace. The track thematically explores relatable anxieties regarding societal perception and keeping up appearances. “Every single one of my friends can relate to experiencing imposter syndrome,” Wallace explains. It’s quite common, it seems — with up to 70 percent of adults experiencing it!

“Imposter” enamors with a steady rhythm guitar underlying and twangy adornments, complementing debonair vocal ruminations. “Spin me ’round,” Wallace lets out during the hooky rise, which after the two-minute turn excels into the soaring “I would like to see,” bridge. “Imposter” is full of replay-inducing moments, set within a catching balance of angsty grunge guitar tones and an accessible pop-rock breeziness.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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