plantoid – “Dog’s Life”


Emerging Brighton-based quartet plantoid show a gripping rock sound on “Dog’s Life.” Lushness and hectic invigoration coexist with a textural pull. The jumpy guitars play with sporadic, climactic engrossment — while the initial vocal strut a dreamy immersion. The act’s eclectic stylistic reaches are on display, touching on ’60s psychedelia, ’70s prog-rock, and ’80s post-punk within a tightly melodic package.

A dynamic performance stands out from lead singer/guitarist Chloë Spence; the track takes inspiration from her dog Poppy’s hot-and-cold temper. Spence shows a gripping ability to elevate from dreamy contemplations into a raucously memorable expansion, taking hold firmly around the 02:30 mark, as sludgy guitars and whirring sound effects craft ample momentum into a gorgeously spacious conclusion.

The band is rounded out by Thomas Coyne on guitar, Bernardo Larisch on bass, and Louis Bradshaw on drums. Following this obvious success, we’re excited to hear what’s next from plantoid.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

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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