Atari Pilot – “4X / 22”


“4X / 22” is a new track from Atari Pilot, a band based in Swindon, UK. They describe the effort as “all about embracing the life in your years, rather than continuing a cycle of quiet desperation.”

Singer/songwriter Onze explains further: “The song is a call to action to embrace taking that path towards a more fulfilled future and that’s not necessarily going to be easy or straightforward, but you know it feels right and there’s a sense of peace when things are more lined up.”

Driving percussion and buzzing guitar layers complement initial lyrics with a reflective, lived-through-it quality: “Tried shovelling shame, Tried shouldering blame, I tried throwing the game.” The ensuing chorus re-incorporates the buzzy guitar tones from earlier, as the vocals proclaim with infectious pep: “40-something, going on 22, 22.”

Subsequent expressions of appreciating a second chance at life rouse into another satiating chorus. Spirited synth work and clamoring percussive excitement top it off, as the track traverses into a final reprisal and into the stellar conclusion. “4X / 22” is a testament to the band’s ability to craft rousing rock productions valuing themes of self-exploration and the human identity.

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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