International Furlough – “Haven”


Intertwining a debonair vocal composure with heavy rock guitar charisma, “Haven” is the latest single from International Furlough. The Denver-based solo project of Ian Luddy first caught our ears in June with the hard-rocking single “Down on the Pharm.”

Featuring the work of Ryan Elwood on drums, “Haven” is kickstarted by electrifying guitar-forward escalation. Elwood’s thunderous percussive additions add further vigor to Luddy’s rock sound and stream-of-conscious lyrical feeling. The nonchalant vocal delivery plays with understated appeal, in turn highlighting the heavy guitar pulses and rhythmic underlying. Stutter-y guitar effects lend an escalating flair past the two-minute turn; the crunchy infectiousness enthralls here. “Haven” is another hard-rocking success from International Furlough.

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