9 o’clock Nasty – “Bird of Happiness”


Channeling a ’70s psych-folk spirit, “Bird of Happiness” is the latest single from 9 o’clock Nasty, a project based in Leicester, UK. They describe this “song about the pain of love” as “about the journey from content self-sufficiency to the ache of missing the person that completes you.”

Playful acoustics and twangy guitars provide a vibrant introduction. Ensuing vocals proclaim “I was a bird of happiness,” emphasizing the past tense and lamenting the descent into “chicken.” The ensuing “but then you came along,” bursts the “everything was groovy,” bubble. Meg Cratty of the Margaret Hooligans adds a melodic vocal presence, taking a pause upon bursting guitar enthusiasm approaching the two-minute mark, with ear-catching harmonizing that follows.

The catching track represents the final single from the project’s upcoming LP, Culture War 2023, releasing in late September. “We usually write about sex, but this one really is about the purity of forlorn lovesick despair,” the act adds about this particular single.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 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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