Maida Rose – “Phoenix”


A lush charmer from Maida Rose, “Phoenix” comes via the Netherlands-based duo’s upcoming EP, Philia, a release that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the two songwriters’ friendship. They note the track’s inspiration as deriving from the poetry of Persian poet Rumi; the effort explores “the challenges of taking responsibility for your own life and rising up after an emotionally challenging period.”

“Phoenix” continues the project’s dream-pop allure, apparent on previously featured successes like “Within” and “Fallen.” The initial verses capture “treading a tightrope that never seems to end,” expanding thereafter into a gorgeously chilling expanse of fierce vocal emotion and tender guitar twangs. “Phoenix” is a captivating return for Maida Rose, representing their first release since 2022 debut album Tales Of Adolescence.

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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