Strange Rainn – “Detained Bliss”


“Detained Bliss” proves striking in its balancing of dream-pop lushness with dark alt-rock ruminations. The success comes from Strange Rainn, an artist based in Dresden, Germany, whose new album Face Arms Speech Time released last month. Its production showcases a stirring sound, consuming with its grimy guitar pulses and wintry synth interweaving.

“Detained Bliss” is among the album’s many highlights. Brooding guitar distortion concocts a menacing intrigue to start, falling into subdued, jangly introspection alongside dreamy vocals. The gripping distortion re-emerges past the 30-second turn, mesmerizing with haunting effect as the vocals lament “I feel unprotected,” into a gorgeously dark synth-touched underlying. The convergence of passionate vocal rises, eerie synth backgrounds, and thumping guitar distortion makes for a stylish, riveting sound throughout “Detained Bliss.”

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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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