Nathaniel Paul – “We Can’t Keep Running Away”


Released today, “We Can’t Keep Running Away” is the latest single from Nathaniel Paul, who is also a member of the band The Bergamot. The track comes via Nathaniel’s upcoming album, Turpentine.

“I produced this song myself and played on the instruments in a closet outside Chicago, IL,” Nathaniel says. “I really wanted to make a full band sound with a synth pop overtone. I wanted something you could enjoy on a long ride with the windows down.”

“During the writing of this song, I was spending a lot of time thinking about death. How it leaves a void in your life. So in retrospect, the mistakes that we make are really insignificant when it comes to this perspective. Just working it all out in the lyrics – or at least trying to.”

A bouncy bass-laden pulse and colorful synth buzzes glide into a laid-back vocal presence, gradually ascending in brightness. The title-touting hook struts a peppy enamoring, as twangy guitar tones and the bouncy bass combine with a lush vocal hookiness. A spacey synth emphasis approaches the two-minute turn, furthering the track’s melodic balance of breezy indie pop and synth-touched serenity. “We Can’t Keep Running Away” is a stellar showing from Nathaniel Paul.

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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