Katie Belle – “Symptoms”


“Symptoms” is a catchy pop single from Atlanta-based artist Katie Belle. Understated pop momentum builds from guitar trickles into synth touches and a funky bass-laden charm, emerging during the contagious chorus. “You’re in my system, in my veins,” Belle lets out here, remarking “I’m getting symptoms,” when a point of infatuation walks in the room — their mere presence eliciting anxiety-inducing symptoms.

The whispered vocal lead-in admits that the symptoms, while uncomfortable, are thrilling. “Symptoms” firmly captures feelings of infatuation, deep and complex to the point of igniting a visceral reaction. Belle’s smooth, melodic vocals glide amidst a polished production, expanding from serene remarks into the bustling title-laden hook. A soaring vocal backing in the final 30 seconds injects an ardent appeal into the already-engaging production.

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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