N. Sherman – “Land of Dying Homes”


“Land of Dying Homes” is an evolving single from N. Sherman, an artist based in Kelowna, British Columbia. A folk-minded opening meshes light acoustics and emotive vocals “watching the world go by.” The track swells gradually from there.

Thunderous distortion and pulsing acoustics send chills past this first minute, gliding again into the contemplative and morose vocals — “in the land of dying homes.” The track stirs in its variety from folk-friendly ruminations to textured, distorted envelopment. “Land of Dying Homes” has me firmly anticipating what’s next from the artist.

N. Sherman elaborates on the track:

“…”Land of Dying Homes” was written from a songwriting prompt to write a song from the perspective an inanimate object that has feelings. After scratching my mind on what to do, I saw some shoes hanging on a wire and decided to write it from their perspective; stuck, washed out, wishing they could do things differently. In a way it parallels with feeling like the world has passed you by and that you got the short end of the stick, but in the end, it’s just about some shoes on a wire!”

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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