Wandering Years – “House Party”


“House Party” is a hypnotic rock success from Brooklyn-based Wandering Years, a project led by songwriter Gene Stroman. Via the act’s upcoming debut full-length, Mountain Laughed, “House Party” represents “a new full-band chapter” for the project. Solemnly lush vocal retrospection chronicles “the awkward awareness of his [Stroman] own adulthood at a basement show in Brooklyn.”

Gently unveiling guitars concoct a warming ’90s nostalgia in their gentle backing strums and textural distortion, taking inspiration from favorites like Red House Painters and Galaxie 500. Initial vocals recap a house party “just the other night,” as the steady percussion and atmospheric guitars take hold. The track engrosses in its capturing of a certain time and place, that being a party with an eventual “place to rest my head,” in the form of an open couch.

“House Party” is among numerous highlights on Mountain Laughed, releasing on August 25th.

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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